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They are starving, they are often injured

they freeze to death in winter

and they need help.

Volume XLIV, Issue 9 chronicle.durhamcollege.ca March 20 - 26, 2018

- See page 10

Human trafficking

rising in Durham

page 9

Photograph by Shanelle Somers

Music Week

takes over Oshawa

page 23

Photograph by Michael Bromby



page 3

Chronicle alum

talks success

page 15

Photograph by Tracy Wright

Photograph by Heather Snowdon

See Land Where We Stand stories, pages 17-22

Illistration by William McGinn

2 The Chronicle March 20 - 26, 2018 chronicle.durhamcollege.ca Campus


of the


DC journalism students look at Durham College and UOIT,

and beyond, by the numbers and with their cameras

Photograph by Alex Clelland

DC students celebrate women

Women from the Office of Student Diversity, Inclusion and Transitions make International Women's Day

come alive on campus.

Hard to handle

Photograph by Shana Fillatrau


Key shot

Photograph by Angela Lavallee

Students were so excited for class they pulled off the handle near the Media,

Art, and Design office.

Advanced film students try their camera techniques in The Pit on Wednesday,

Mar. 7, 2018.

Campus chronicle.durhamcollege.ca March 20 - 26, 2018 The Chronicle 3

Meet DCSI's new president

John Cook,

Cassidy McMullen

and Conner McTague

The Chronicle

DC Student Inc.’s (DCSI) new

president is Jaylan Hayles.

Hayles defeated Naqi Hyder,

Brad Short and Gurpreet Singh

for the president’s job when results

were announced March 8. Official

results were not released (as of

production of the Chronicle) but

approximately 1,900 votes were

cast, much higher than expected,

says DCSI general manager, Jennifer


Hayles is a student in the fire

and life safety system technician

program and is also a graduate

from DC’s business marketing and

pre-service firefighting programs.

“I felt amazing, like all the hard

work we put in and how to see

everything pay off…it was overwhelming,”

Hayles says. “Now

I feel it’s ‘go’ time. I got to make

sure the school is ready to go.”

Hayles’ campaign slogan was:

“I am a man of the people, not

above the equal.”

His campaign focused on

“money, excitement and bring

back (the) student experience.” He

says he wants to “heighten student

experience” by adding more

events, creating more job opportunities

for students and improving

mental health services.

Toosaa Bush, a graphic design

student, is the new Vice-President

(VP) of Internal Affairs and Geoffrey

Olara, a fire and life safety

system technician student, is VP

of External Affairs.

Hayles, Bush and Olara ran as

an unofficial combined ticket.

“To be able to work with Geoffrey

and Toosaa and we also have

great executives… it’s going to

be a mind blowing year,” Hayles


DC Student Inc.'s new president Jaylan Hayles.

Adds Bush:“We could definitely

collaborate a lot more to bring

the school much better and give

more entertainment to the school

but also up lift the student experience.”

The first issue the new DCSI

wants to face when they enter office

is DC social life.

“Trying to bring more social

events to the school, some more

social awareness,” Bush says. “We

as students want to be sociable but

we don’t really have anything to,

like, bring us together to socialize.”

Adds Hayles: “We need to execute,

we’re there for one year, we

got to make sure things are going

and there happening.”

Bush also wants to have students

participate in the operation

of the school as well.

Not only does it give them

experience, it brings a stronger

student voice to the campus, says


“To get fresh and new ideas, it’s

us students,” Bush says. “We know

what we want, students know what

students want, so might as well get

a few of the students to work for

the school.”

Bush wants to enhance the

student experience at DC, not

only just socially, but by bringing

more awareness to the services the

school has like study spaces and

bring back services students have

lost like daycare.

“College is not just about us

going to school, getting an education

we need,” Bush says. “It’s

something more than that, it’s

Photograph by John Cook

something that’s really impactful,

something that will last us the rest

of our lives, something that creates

certain memories that we all


The main goal for this administration

is to improve DC’s student

life reputation that’s suffered

since the joint DC, UOIT student

association split.

“I want to see people smile and

feel proud to come to Durham

College,” Hayles says.

Durham College has not had

an elected student association

since 2016 after the joint DC,

UOIT student association decided

to separate, leading to the creation

of separate student associations at

the two schools.

While UOIT had its elections

completed without issue in March

of last year, DC’s was cancelled on

March 14, 2017, following threats

of violence against candidates,

accusations of corruption and disagreements

between executives

and staff.

In order to split the student association,

the two sides had to go

to court.

Ontario’s Superior Court appointed

Bill Aziz to oversee the

creation of the separate student

unions. After the failure of DC’s

election, a new order was made,

giving Aziz the power to restructure

and appoint members for

DC’s new student association,

DCSI. There were no elected

officials as DCSI ran a shortterm

operation for Fall 2017 until

March this year.

Bush beat Shannaanth Rajachandrakumar

and Ferwa Imam

to win VP Internal Affairs.

Olara defeated Haley

Ostapovich, Lindsay Trudell and

Parastoo Sadeghein to win VP

External Affairs.

Kathryn Fraser ran unopposed

for the position of Director -

Media, Art and Design which was

a trend in the Board of Directors


Colleen Anderson is the new

Director – Justice and Emergency

Services and Andrew Nunez-Alvarez

Director – Centre for Food.

Corrina Collette defeated Kirk

Tyler McLean in the Director –

Science and Engineering race.

Director positions for the

School of Skilled Trades, Apprenticeship

and Renewable Technology,

School of Business, IT

and Management and School of

Health and Community Services,

and School of Interdisciplinary

Studies were left vacant.

Hayles and the new DCSI is

receiving training now untl they

take office May 1. Their term will

conclude April 30, 2019.

Privilege posters at UOIT cause controversy

William McGinn

and Heather Snowdon

The Chronicle

A poster about privileged Canadians

has ignited controversy on

the campus of University of Ontario

Institute of Technology and

Durham College.

The poster, put up in late February,

asked people on campus to

‘Check Your Privilege’ and indicates

it, was presented by UOIT

Equity Ambassadors.

According to the poster, the

definition of ‘privilege’ is: ‘Unearned

access to social power

based on a membership in a dominant

social group’, and the university

printed nine social groups

seen as privileged. They range

from white, male and Christian

to heterosexual, able-bodied physically

and mentally, and a Canadian

citizen at birth.

The poster prompted response

from students around what privilege

means to them and garnered

reaction from people on and off


On a conversation forum online

discussing this poster, one

commenter said: “I’ve got two

words for the people who put up

the posters and they’re not ‘good

work’. Another said, “I can’t believe

any university would allow


The posters have prompted response

beyond campus, including

articles in the Toronto Sun and

National Post.

According to Sarah Rasile, director

of Student Success at UOIT,

the equity ambassadors put up the

poster, not intending to offend students

who fall under the categories,

but to add to the conversation

around privilege.

"[Formulating an opinion] is

exactly what we want students to

do, is to see something like this

and think about their own lives

and their own context and really

take some time to think about

what [privilege] means for them

in their lives," said Rasile.

“We’ve heard from lots of institutions

around the country where

they’re having similar situations

about this topic. It’s something

our students brought forward as

Engineering students at UOIT holding up a photocopy of the privilege posters.

something they felt was a necessary

conversation to have at this

community,” said Rasile.

Although it appeared some

posters had been taken down

around campus, Rasile said the

Equity Ambassadors did not remove

them from the walls.

Rasile said a meeting is being

planned at UOIT to discuss the

reaction and meaning of the poster.

The exact date of that meeting

is not known (at the Chronicle’s

deadline), but according to Rasile,

it will be announced on UOIT’s

social media pages.

Photograph by Heather Snowdon

The privilege poster sparked

some anger within the community,

but according to Rasile that

wasn’t the intent. Its intent was

to spark conversation about privilege,

discrimination and unfairness,

and it has gotten the job


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'Privilege' posters handled poorly

‘Check your privilege’

Seems kind of sassy right?

That’s how students and some

media felt after posters asking

students to check their privilege

popped up around UOIT campus

end of Feb.

The student-led campaign was

handled poorly. They should have

designed the poster better, should

have held a discussion and guided

the conversation.

There’s the context: what many

students didn’t see was the corresponding

poster beside it. This poster

made the following statement:

“Becoming aware of privilege

should not be viewed as a burden

or source of guilty, but rather, an

opportunity to learn and be responsible

so that we may work toward

a more just and inclusive world.”

The poster was the centre of the

Equity Ambassadors’ intentions.

Equity Ambassadors at UOIT are

students who have applied for the

position and are interested in a

broad range of human rights issues

and provoke student conversation

through student led initiatives.

Within an average UOIT student

class, it is common to discuss

privilege, globalization, sexism,

governmental structure and rhetoric.

University professors have laid

the groundwork for many of these

conversations and as result UOIT

Equity Ambassadors had a platform

to start their student-led privilege


The UOIT Student Life Centre

released a statement about the poster

on their Facebook page:

“Our recent poster campaign

draws attention to the presence

of privilege in our society, and to

help each of us reflect on how these

pieces of our identity might play out

in our daily lives.

We designed these posters with

a group of our students to raise

awareness and encourage the campus

community to help us build and

work toward community of respect

and inclusion.”

Unfortunately, students and

media took offense.

Publications like the Toronto

Sun, Durham Region news, The

Post Millennial, The National

Post and Reddit have all picked

up the story and have voiced their

opinions either for or against the


UOIT says the intention of the

posters was to start conversation.

Although the conversation exploded

among the campus community,

UOIT Student Life and Equity

Ambassadors failed to control the


UOIT should have owned its

poster campaign against the negative

feedback it received. Here’s

what they should have done.

UOIT should have presented

their posters with a better design.

Two separate posters were a terrible

idea. Everyone paid attention

to the first poster which they took

offense to, but ignored the second

that had the real message they were

trying to get across.

It was an easy solution, make a

tabloid sized poster to include the

information from both posters and

invite students to a formal event.

The event could have been placed

where students could discuss the

meaning of the poster and have a

proper conversation surrounding


Instead the conversation has

taken place exclusively on social

media. Here has been some of the

reactions of students online:

Steve Hill: “More like Institute

of Bigotry. If you are White, male,

Christian or heterosexual, don't


Rochelle Aliyah Montague: “I

as a woman of colour have my own

battles ahead of me HOWEVER!

that doesn’t mean I don’t acknowledge

my own privileges.

I check off many of those boxes

but I’m not going to cry about it. No

one is saying I didn’t work hard, it’s

just saying that some may have it

harder and to be aware of it.”

UOIT should have gone offline

and had an event for students to

discuss their opinions.

UOIT Student Life says they are

planning an event but they haven’t

named a date, place or time. They

only thing they’ve done is ask students

to leave their email with them

so they can be informed when they

do decide something. It’s already

been a few weeks.

UOIT should have owned the

conversation they were trying to

start.The university, UOIT Student

Life and the Equity Ambassadors

need to not only spark the conversation

but guide it.

They should be controlling and

supporting the conversation. They

have neglected to comment to local

media and the DC/UOIT newspaper

in search of answers.

Although privilege is an important

conversation to have, the student-run

initiative was just a flop.

They did not present or engage

in the conversation they should


They just pinned up a poster, ran

off and are hiding, waiting for the

conversation to simmer down.

Cassidy McMullen

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It is foolish for a pet to have an expensive funeral



The following piece is the opinion of

the Durham College journalism student

whose name and picture accompanies this


Paying thousands of dollars on pet

funerals is foolish.

Having lost four pets, I know it is

difficult and painful, but there is no

reason to spend large amounts of

money, a tasteful backyard burial

is all that is required.

That’s how it used to be. So how

did pet funerals begin? It’s all part

of the fur baby craze.

Dogs, for example, went from

being working animals to being

stuffed into purses and paraded

down the street in strollers around

2011. Dogs too big for purses are

dressed up with jackets and accessories.

Animals are treated like

children. Ridiculous. But explainable.

Dogs affect us through hormones.

When a human looks into

the eyes of their dog, a hormone

is released. It is called oxytocin,

sometimes known as the love hormone,.

This same hormone is released

when a mother looks at their

child as well, thus the confusion.

No matter how we feel about

them, animals are animals and

children are children. Yes, we love

pets, but a pet is not a baby.

If your baby died, would it really

be the same as losing, say, a parrot?

No. It would not.

People are willing to spend a lot

of money on their pets. According

to Statistics Canada, we went from

annually spending an average of

$124.50 on pets in 2008, to spending

an average of $590 by 2015.

Pet funerals are a cash grab. The

pet funeral homes and services

know people are willing to spend

extravagant amounts of money on

their pet, even if the pet is dead.

They use our love for our pets to

get our hard-earned money.

A pet casket can cost up to

$616.93 on Amazon. An urn can

cost up to $182.25, and an ashes

keepsake can cost up to $193.51. A

casket and burial can cost $1,116.93

for a small pet and $1,236.93 for a

large pet, or more. A private cremation

with a service and ash keepsake

can cost $743.51 for a small

pet, and $768.51 for large pets, or


Do we really need to spend so

much to show our love? What is

wrong with a small, sentimental

backyard burial?

Burials behind the garden,

marked by transplanted wildflowers

are tasteful. The pet is close

and the process, dignified.

Spending thousands will not

bring your pet back, but it will

empty your bank account.

A burial, at least, is needed to

bring closure after any pet death

but there is no need to spend thousands

on a lavish pet funeral.

Yes, the burial should be respectful.

Yes, the pet, be it dog, cat, fish,

bird or rodent, will be missed and is

irreplaceable. No two animals are

the same. No, they will not mind if

you spend $0 on their funeral. All

a pet needs is love.

Stop this nonsense and go back

to treating beloved pets as what

they truly are. Pets.

Oshawa could benefit from more defensive design downtown



The following piece is the opinion of

the Durham College journalism student

whose name and picture accompanies this


Cities like Oshawa need defensive

design tactics to control behaviour

and misconduct.

Defensive design can be seen

at almost every bus stop in Oshawa,

just take a look at the narrow

benches and armrests that make it

impossible for people to sleep on

them. We need more of it.

According to Homelesshub.ca,

there are 0 chronically homeless

people in the Durham Region, with

1,391 households accessing emergency

shelter. Since we don’t have

any chronically homeless, design

should be used to prevent people

from spending long periods of time

in public places.

Design is an effective and subtle

way to control loitering in public

environments. Park benches, spiked

surfaces and rocks under bridges all

discourage loitering.

These barriers have been met

with a large amount of criticism,

but it is an important thing to have

in cities because design should discourage

loitering and prevent drug


A homeless person should not be

sleeping under bridges when there

are options. Housing options in

the Durham Region are available

at places such as the Cornerstone

Community Association, Durham

Youth Housing and Support Services.

Homelesshub.ca indicates in

2014, there were 28 transitional

housing beds, 93 emergency beds

and 13 domiciliary hostel beds

in the Durham Region. At a rate

of 5.7 per cent unemployment, it

is safe to say that homelessness is

relatively controlled.

There are eight food banks

in Oshawa: Knox Presbyterian

Church, New Life Neighbourhood

Centre, Salvation Army, Seventh

Day Adventist Community Centre,

Simcoe Hall Settlement House,

St. Peter’s Food Bank and two St.

Vincent de Paul Society locations.

In February, the Simcoe Street

United Church installed 12 lockers

for homeless people to store their


Design prevents people from

occupying certain areas for long

periods of time. This encourages

the use of shelter services.

When Montreal installed anti

homeless spikes at a book store

it was met with largely negative

comments on twitter, and even the

mayor of Montreal called it “unacceptable”.

It is fair to say that this design is

a bit aggressive and that it pushes

social norms. However, it is not safe

for homeless people to be in densely

populated areas.

It creates an unsafe environment

for the homeless person and the

people in the area.

Design should not be encouraging

people to sleep in the street,

it should be preventing people from

doing so: the same way studs on escalators

prevent kids from sliding

down them.

Homeless shelters may not be the

best dwellings, and there is a case

to be made that there is a lot that

needs to be done to improve them,

but it is certainly better than the


Defensive design needs to be

done with care though. For instance,

eliminating benches and

places to sit entirely is especially

unfair for the public. The idea is

to have a design that allows someone

to rest temporarily but not long


Having nowhere to sit is unfair

for homeless people, elderly, and

disabled people who could benefit

from sitting somewhere for a short

period of time. The design needs to

prevent behaviours (such as sleeping)

without punishing people who

may benefit.

Benches still provide a place for

people to sit, but the armrests prevent

people from staying long for

periods of time.

Public spaces can be enjoyed

even with defensive elements.

Most people don’t even notice the

defensive design around them and

Oshawa could benefit from more

in the city’s centre.

The Ontario government should get rid of public Catholic schools



The following piece is the opinion of

the Durham College journalism student

whose name and picture accompanies this


While Canada has always had

Catholic schools, they became publicly

funded in the 19th-century

when government-funded schools

were created.

Catholics feared public schools

would convert their children to the

dominant Protestant religion at the

time so they created public Catholic


Lots of changes have been made

to both the school system and Canada

since then.

As a result, it’s time for Ontario

to make a change to the school

board system.

Ontario needs to get rid of publicly

funded Catholic schools.

Being Catholic is fine. Canada

is a wonderful country.

Citizens have the right to practice

any religion but public schools

are funded through tax money to

provide all students with an academic


Tax money shouldn’t go towards

your child’s religious education, especially

not one that doesn’t even

uphold Canadian values.

In Canada, marriage, whether

it’s to a female or male, is legal and


The Catholic Church still stands

that a marriage is between a man

and a woman.

Being homosexual is fine, but

having a relationship with another

homosexual is sinful, says the Vatican.

Some people might praise Pope

Francis, the head of the Catholic

Church, for having a softer, more

inclusive stance on core concerns

of the church but he is still against

Canadian values.

Pope Francis says he opposes

gender theory: the idea that gender

is separated from your biological

sex. He opposes the idea of schools

teaching students about the LG-

BTQ+ community because that

would be promoting or endorsing

such “tendencies” the Catholic

church has deemed sinful.

Tendencies that Canada have

found worth protecting in our

Charter of Humans Rights. Section

15 in the charter protects Canadians

from discrimination based

off identities that the Church deems


Or, maybe we should touch on

the fact of the pain and devastation

the Catholic Church has caused

our country and our citizens.

Out of the 130 residential schools

run in Canada, three quarters were

run by the Catholic Church.

While the church has participated

in the $1.9 billion compensation

plan for the victims, they

still haven’t formally apologized

for their role.

The Anglican Church, the Presbyterian

Church and the United

Church all apologized in the 90’s

for their role. The Catholic Church

holds on to the fact it was individual

diocesan bishops’ decision to

run the schools, so they don’t have

anything to apologize for.

An estimated 150,000 First Nation,

Inuit and Metis children were

forced to attend these schools where

they were neglected, abused, cut off

from their families and murder in

an attempt to wipe out their culture,

and effectively, them.

And the Catholic Church is still

allowed to have a publicly funded

school board in Canada.

The Church did apologize for

the hundreds of suspected victims

of sexual abuse committed by

their clergy in their churches and

schools, but they never backed it

with effective change, according

to Barbara Blaine, the president of

Survivors Network of those abused

by Priests.

Instead, Pope Francis defends


Recently, he defended Juan

Barros, a Bishop in Chile that was

accused of sexual assault. A judge

found the victims to be truthful in a

case against Rev Fernando Karadima,

where it was said that Barros

was in the room during the abuse.

Pope Francis followed up with

a statement saying we shouldn’t

believe the victims, because their

word isn’t good enough and accused

them of slander.

A photo of Pope Francis, a man

who allows the abuse of children

and protects these predators, hangs

in our public schools; a man who

doesn’t believe in our right to decide

our gender or who we have

relationships with; a man who

doesn’t think the systematic abuse

of 150, 000 children is something

to apologize for.

That is the person students in

Canadian public schools are asked

to look up to.

If the Catholic church is not

going to uphold Canadian values,

then they have no place in our public-school

system. It is time for Ontario

to get rid of publicly funded

Catholic schools.

6 The Chronicle March 20 - 26, 2018 chronicle.durhamcollege.ca Campus

Plans for geothermal ‘heat up’

John Cook

The Chronicle

Durham College is set to get a

little greener next year as the

aging Simcoe Building is demolished

and a renewable energy centre

is set up in its place.

Durham MPP Granville Anderson

was on campus March 12

to announce the provincial government

will give $14.7 million

toward upgrades to DC’s existing

green technology and to begin the

first phase of the construction of a

geothermal energy centre.

Geothermal energy is a form

of renewable energy that deals

mainly with heating and cooling

of buildings. This type of green

energy originates deep underground

and is tapped into by way

of drilling.

Doug Crossman, manager of

Mechanical Systems and Energy

for DC, says the college’s plans for

a geothermal system are known as

a borehole thermal energy storage

system (BTESS).

The system involves drilling

deep “boreholes” into the earth

and installing piping through the


“Once we bore about 500 feet

into the ground the temperature

remains fairly constant,” says

Crossman. “We pull some of that

temperature out of the ground [in

colder months] and through refrigerant

we use it to heat buildings.”

Crossman says during the

summer months the centre will

pump heat underground through

the same holes for storage until

the warm weather ends.

Geothermal energy does not

produce greenhouse gasses, but

the heat pumps and refrigerant

systems use external power. This

means geothermal, when used

alongside other renewable forms

of electricity generation, is a zero-emission


Photograph by John Cook

Durham College president Don Lovisa speaking at the geothermal field project announcement.

“Ideally you are able to obtain

the maximum amount of emission

reduction through a combination

of emissions-free generating systems

and geothermal BTESStype

systems,” says Crossman.

“Those are the most effective

types of systems.”

The geothermal field will be

located on the current site of the

Simcoe Building, which is scheduled

for closure and demolition

later this year. The project will be

completed in several phases, with

the first phase to be completed

over the course of this year and


Durham College president

Don Lovisa says the field will provide

more benefits to the school

beyond emissions reduction. He

says the site will be used as a

“working classroom” space for


“The Simcoe Geothermal

Field, along with a connected

heat-pump plant will become a

living lab on-campus that will be

incorporated into the curricula of

numerous programs to address

new green energy technologies

and careers,” says Lovisa.

The bulk of the investment,

more than $9 million, will be used

for the construction of the BTESS

system. The remainder will be allocated

to upgrading DC’s “green

technology,” such as automated

lights, as well as an interest-free

loan to fund projects which are


In his announcement, Anderson

called the geothermal project

“exciting and wonderful.”

“I am extremely proud that

[geothermal energy production]

will be implemented in our community,”

he said.

Global Class

discusses racial


Cassidy McMullen

The Chronicle

“What can we do as one great

human civilization…to eliminate

racial discrimination?”

That’s the question Lon Appleby

asked of students in the Global

Class on March 14.

The global class is a general

education course (GNED) available

at DC. Using advanced

technology, the class can video

chat with people from around the

world allowing students to discuss

international issues and hear different


DC’s Global Class hosted Centennial

College, a group from

Luskia, Zambia and two Israel

colleges for a discussion on racial

discrimination just ahead of

the United Nations (UN) International

Day of Elimination of

Racial Discrimination.

The International Day for the

Elimination of Racial Discrimination

is observed March 21 annually.

The day was proclaimed

in 1966, six years after 69 people

were shot by police after a peaceful

demonstration against racist

laws in Sharpeville, South Africa.

In the class, students shared

struggles their countries are facing

with racial discrimination

and personal experiences.

In Luskia, Zambia, racial discrimination

branches into economic


Ireen Silweya, who organizes

groups of people in her community

to join in on Global Class discussions,

explained how since a

lot of property is owned by white

Zambians, it’s hard to buy land.

“White sells to white,” Silweya


A student of hers explained

how his family was denied the

opportunity to buy land from a

white land owner who wouldn’t

sell it, preferring to let a white

Zambian to buy the land instead.

“It was a black-white issue,”

Silweya said. “And it ended like


Derrick Reinsma, a nursing

student in his last semester, was

looking for another GNED to take

when he stumbled upon the global

class. Based on the video Appleby

made, he thought the course

looked interesting so he signed up.

Now taking the course, Reinsma

especially likes how they touch

on “big picture thinking” rather

than “everyday small stuff.”

“It just connects us to different

world perspectives that we

wouldn’t experience in our everyday

lives,” Reinsma said.

Reinsma suggested in the

global class racial discrimination

comes from intolerance and a fundamental

hatred of not only other

people but yourself.

“Today’s class gave us a new

perspective to see how people felt

racism in different cultures and it

helped us get down to the fundamentals

of what we should change

in our lives to change racism on a

global scale,” Reinsma said.

Appleby guided the conversation,

focusing on the world’s development

and failure since the

UN’s creation of the Universal

Declaration of Human Rights

70 years ago after World War II,

which Appleby described as “the

worst war in human kind.”

Section one of the Declaration

of Human rights was specifically


“All human beings are born

free and equal in dignity and

rights. They are endowed with

reason and conscience and should

act towards one another in a spirit

Photograph by Cassidy McMullen

The Global Class, led by Lon Appleby (centre), participates in an international discussion about

racial discrimination over video chat.

of brotherhood.”

“It shouldn’t be a day of celebration,”

Silweya said.

It should be a day to look at

implementing change and finding

ways to make it sustainable, he


The theme for this year’s International

Day of Elimination of

Racial Discrimination is tolerance,

inclusion, unity and respect

for diversity in the context of combating

racial discrimination with

a focus on migrants and people of

African descent.

Community chronicle.durhamcollege.ca March 20 - 26, 2018 The Chronicle 7

Girls will take flight in Oshawa

Aly Beach

The Chronicle

Women and girls have a chance

to take to the skies at Girls Take

Flight Oshawa, a free aviation

event meant to encourage girls and

women to go into aviation.

Presented by The First Canadian

99s and Durham Flight Centre, the

event will feature information and

education sessions, aviation and

aerospace professionals, aircraft

displays and discussion panels.

There will be booths and exhibitioners

including air cadets, and

representatives from Seneca College

and Georgian College, which

both offer aviation programs.

Girls Take Flight Oshawa will

be hosting female guest speakers

including an airline pilot, a mechanic

and a military pilot.

“We have speakers and they’re

going to be able to inspire the girls

by sharing their stories and telling

them a little bit about what it’s like

in their particular career,” says Lesley

Page, pilot, event founder and

main organizer.

Girls and women are being offered

200 free flights at this year’s

event, which takes place April 21

at the Oshawa airport.

Last year, Girls Take Flight was

able to provide 188 free flights.

Registration starts April 1 at girlstakeflight.ca.

“We have usually 12 to 15 pilots

who fly and they fly their own aircraft

and they donate their time,

fuel and aircraft to make sure we

fly as many women and girls as

possible,” says Page.

Page says it’s important to introduce

more women to aviation for

two reasons:

Only six per cent of pilots are

women and that number is even

lower among airline pilots.

Photograph courtesy of Girls Take Flight Oshawa

A young girl participating in one of the free flights offered at 2017's Girls Take Flight Oshawa

Page thinks everybody does better

when there are more women


The second reason is the untapped

demographic that can help

with the current pilot shortage,

something that has become more

apparent recently.

“An obvious way to combat the

pilot shortage is to target women to

fit in the industry,” she says.

Page is a private pilot who got

her licence in 2007 at the age of 52.

She was inspired when her husband

took her on her first small airplane

flight in 2005.

“It was love at first flight, so I

decided life was too short to be a

passenger so I quit my job to learn

how to fly,” says Page.

She is also a member of the Canadian

99s, the largest chapter of

the largest organization of female


It was founded in 1929, and according

to Page, Amelia Earhart

was the organization’s first president.

Page describes flying as a freeing,

empowering experience.

She says there is a sense of pride

in becoming a pilot.

“There is a sense of accomplishment

once you’ve obtained that licence,

that is not everybody in the

world has the capacity and the…

dexterity to become a pilot,” says


Page says the event is about

breaking perceptions and stereotypes.

“We want them to spark an interest

and we want them to know

aviation and aerospace are an option

for girls. There’s a perception

that aviation and aerospace is for

boys, for men,” says Page.

Girls Inc.:

Helping build


Tracy Wright

The Chronicle

Self-harming, low self-esteem, poor

body image -these are just a few

examples of issues girls who attend

Girls Inc. might have.

Brianna Thorne, 18, is an alumnus

of the Girls Inc. program. She

started out when it was suggested

by her principal and teacher at

Gandatsetiagon Public School

Pickering in Grade 8. She was

hesitant to join the group as she

was a tomboy and did not hang

out with girls.

“I was scared to be in a room

with other girls,” she says, adding,

“I eventually warmed up.”

“Before Girls Inc. I was very

self-conscious. I didn’t have any

friends and I had low self-esteem.”

She says she learned to accept

herself for who she is.

Thorne went on to become a

volunteer and then later a camp

counsellor at Girls Inc. She currently

attends York University and

is studying psychology.

Girls Inc. is a non-profit U.S.-

based organization which started

in 1864. Its mission is to empower

girls and their motto encourages

girls to be strong, smart and bold.

The group was originally part of

the Big Sister movement, which

was a program pairing women in

a mentor-style relationship with

younger girls.

After operating as a program

within Big Sisters, Girls Inc. Durham

was created in 2002 following

the amalgamation of Big Sisters

with Big Brothers. The plan was

to continue programming specifically

for girls. A grant was received

from Ontario Trillium Foundation

in 2004. Girls Inc. used that funding

to open two other locations

in Durham – south Oshawa and


They also put additional programs

in place, such as the Girls

Inc. Operation SMART program.

In 2005, they started the Canada

Prenatal Nutrition Program

(CPNP) otherwise known as Food

4 Thought. Then in 2006, Girls

Inc. day camp was initiated for girls

aged six to 12. This camp covers all

eight programs provided by Girls


Tracey McCanell, director of

programming says, “everyday,

Young girls and women who participate with Girls Inc., a non-profit organization.

Girls Inc. puts our mission into

practice through the Girls Inc.

Experience, which equips girls to

navigate gender, economic, and social

barriers and grow into healthy,

educated, and independent adults.”

Girls Inc. was one of the first

affiliates in Canada to receive the

Standard of Excellence Award.

This international award recognizes

an organization that goes beyond

standard practices and achieves

excellence in programming, marketing,

governance, advocacy and

fund development.

“We want our girls to have a

positive experience,” says Emma

Conner, former Girls Inc. community

development manager.

“Learn and grow. And become the

best version of themselves.”

They cater to a lot of girls and

young women from age six to 18.

“We are trying to empower our

girls and help to change society so

when girls go out into the world

they’re met with opportunities instead

of barriers. Also, met with

support instead of judgment, there’s

a lot of work left to be done,” says


Not all girls who come to Girls

Inc. want to hear what is being

said. Some come at their parents’


However, they do provide mentor

role models to work with them.

“We genuinely believe that if you

Photograph by Tracy Wright

have someone is in your corner telling

you that you are worth it. You

deserve to be heard. You are smart,

you’re strong and you are bold. You

deserve opportunities. Then you’re

going to start to believe it yourself,”

says Conner.

“The essential elements and the

foundational Girls Inc. Experience

have been developed to impact

girls, their families and society,”

says McCannell.

Thorne says the encounter has

helped her build herself up and

have healthier relationships. “[Girls

Inc.] had a really, really big impact

on my life” says Thorne.

“It will change you and help you

grow in so many ways.”

8 The Chronicle March 20 - 26, 2018 chronicle.durhamcollege.ca Campus

Photograph by Conner McTague

Shish Tawook and Muhammara, two Middle Eastern dishes made by student John Cook.

A feast from the Middle East

The perfect

food for

a night in

with you

and yours

In many ways, the Middle East

might just be the polar opposite of


Canada is known for its frigid

temperatures in the winter

months, while most of the Middle

East is swelteringly hot yearround.

The Middle East is an area

steeped in rich tradition and history.

Canada has long suffered from

an identity crisis, brought on by

the historically conflicting French

and English Canadian customs,

as well as the challenges of being

the one of the most multicultural

countries in the world.

But we both love good, hearty


For many Canadians, the

phrase “Middle Eastern food”

might conjure up mental pictures

of fragrant, unbearably spicy food

made using unfamiliar ingredients.

In reality, the cuisine of countries

like Syria, Iraq and Lebanon

can be made with varying levels of

Prep time: 8 hours – 24 hours (depending

on how tender you like it)

Serves: 4 people

Ingredients: 2 or 3 skinless, boneless

chicken breasts (about 1kg)

• ½ cup plain yogurt (use 2 per cent for a

creamier flavour)

• ¼ cup lemon juice (or the juice of 1

whole fresh lemon)

• 1 tbsp. garlic powder (or use two cloves

of fresh garlic)

• 2 tbsp. tomato paste

• 1 tsp. ground cumin

• 1 tsp. dried red chili flakes

• ½ tsp. ground cinnamon

• ½ tsp. ground ginger

• ½ tsp. black pepper

• ¼ tsp. cardamom

• Salt to taste

• One or two whole bell peppers (any


• One whole onion (preferably white)



Shish Tawook

• Olive oil (use as much or as little as you


• Parsley (optional)


1) Cut chicken breasts into approx. 2

inch chunks, set aside.

2) Mix together the yogurt, tomato paste,

lemon juice, spices and olive oil in a small

container until smooth.

3) Place the chicken and marinade in a

bag, making sure the chicken is coated. Refrigerate

for at least 8 hours.

4) Preheat oven to 375∞F.

5) Chop bell peppers and onion into

rough chunks, remove chicken from

fridge. Assemble kebabs on wooden (or

metal if you’re fancy) skewers.

6) Place in a lightly greased baking

tray, and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until

chicken is fully cooked and no longer pink.

7) Serve over rice, salad or pita,

garnish with parsley and/or hot sauceseems

to taste best).

Prep time:

Community chronicle.durhamcollege.ca March 20 - 26, 2018 The Chronicle 9

Human trafficking 'prevalent' in Durham

This is part one of a two-part series on

human trafficking in Durham. Part two

will appear in Issue 10.

Shanelle Somers

and Shana Fillatrau

The Chronicle

Durham Region is on the 401,

making it a hot-bed for human

trafficking because victims are

easily and quickly moved around

from city to city. Hotels along the

highway make it easy for pimps to

hide these women in plain sight.

Jason Price, detective constable

in the Durham Regional Police

Services human-trafficking unit,

says many of the hotel owners and

staff have been educated on the

warning signs. He says one of their

most recent investigations started

with a tip from a hotel staffer.

Hotels and motels along Kingston

Road are known to be temporary

housing to pimps, victims and

their clients. Toronto Police have

a project focusing on these hotels

named Hotel Tango 2.

They are living “very transient”

lifestyles, according to Price. They

are forced to service (a professional

term used by traffickers to describe

a woman engaging in forced sexual

activity), fed minimal and/or poor

food and are sometimes denied

feminine hygiene products.

“People would be surprised to

know how prevalent it is in the hotels

within the region,” says Price.

“The members of the public would

be baffled at how active it is, the

ages of the girls that are involved

and the amount of money that’s

being spent on it.”

What can you do to keep your

loved ones from ending up in these

hotels? Pay attention, says Price.

Young women with low self-esteem

are especially vulnerable. There

are many red flags, according to


These include unexplained gifts

or money, long absences, change in

mental health, multiple cellphones

and new friends or boyfriend.

Jeff Tucker, another detective

constable in the human-trafficking

unit of seven, says, “I think that

would really shock the public to see

that these are the girls next door.”

In Durham, Tucker says their

youngest victim was 13-years-old.

She was first trafficked at the age

of nine.

Within the last few months,

Tucker says they’re seeing girls 14

and 15-years-old being victimized

the most.

The most common tactic is

called the “boyfriend trafficker.”

A younger pimp is used to lure in

the girls with affection, romance

and gifts. The relationship usually

moves quickly and the boyfriend

makes a lot of promises he can’t

keep, like marriage or moving in


This makes the girl feel loved

and secure, especially if she has

low self-esteem. Then the boyfriend

comes into trouble. He needs

money and the girl is expected to

help. It usually starts when he asks

her to do one explicit activity -

stripping, or service a client just

one time. If she does, she’s trapped.

This is also called the “Romeo


Durham Regional Police Services human trafficking unit officers Jason Price (left) and Jeff Tucker.

These girls also need to be wary

of female lures as well. These traffickers

are called the “Bottom

B**ch.” This is when the main

pimp picks his “best girl” to recruit

for him. She is busy, therefore services

less so it motivates her to do

his dirty work.

The police officers also feel social

media has made things harder.

Price says, “It’s certainly has grown

because of social media.”

Another unforeseen effect of social

media, as well as pop culture,

according to Tucker, is girls are

being desensitized.

The elaborate and expensive

lives they see on TV and in movies,

“that’s the lifestyle that these guys

are selling. Bottom line, it’s an easy

sell.” Price says, “The younger they

are, the easier it is for them to do.”

These are some of the reasons

why Tucker and Price feel it’s important

to raise awareness about

the issue.

“This is Canada, this is not

something that should be allowed

or tolerated. We need to make sure

those folks who do this are punished

to the true extent of the law,”

says John Henry, Oshawa mayor.

Police give presentations about

the warning signs to young girls.

The presentation is only given to

females because they don’t want to

give males tools on how to traffic


This educates teachers on the red

I think that would shock the public

to see that these are the

girls next door.

flags, as well.

Teachers within the Durham

Region have played a key role in

successfully identifying students

who may be a victim of human

trafficking. Tucker says, “To date,

any teacher or VP has been correct.”

Price says the unit gets their

leads from teachers, parents or

Crime Stoppers.

Tucker’s his main concern is

getting through to the victim.

“They’ve been brainwashed by the

person who’s controlling them,” he


But these traffickers can sometimes

be difficult to track, partly

due to technology. Texting apps

make it difficult to keep track of

phone records and pre-paid credit

cards can make it almost impossible

to keep record of the pimp’s


Project Protect is an initiative

working to support police to combat


The initiative started in 2016 and

was introduced in partnership with

Financial Transactions and Reports

Analysis Centre of Canada,

known as FinTrac.

FinTrac works with Canada’s

five major banks to follow the

transactions of traffickers. They

monitor suspicious purchases such

as multiple hotel stays, motel bookings,

pharmacy purchases, latenight

ATM deposits and Uber or

taxi payments.

Once a suspicious transaction is

found, FinTrac will notify law enforcement.

FinTrac has been a successful aid

in providing tips to police across

Canada and gathering evidence

against alleged human traffickers.

BMO banker and coordinator

of Project Protect, Peter Warrack,

says one of the main ways they are

able to flag suspicious activity is

through advertisement purchases.

However, they are not tracking

ordinary advertisement purchases

you typically see online. These ads

are specifically made, purchased

and marketed for escort service

websites like backpages.com, a

website many men visit to purchase

young trafficked girls and/

or women.

Warrack says BMO cross-references

transaction systems and flags

people or companies who are making

payments towards those types

of ads.

“We have noticed that almost 99

per cent of these ads are on backpages.com,”

says Warrack.

To date, Durham Regional

Police have not received any tips

from FinTrac but they do rely on

the similar strategies when gathering

evidence against a human


“I can tell you that I’m proud of

the work they do each and every

day and you know you can see the

difference that they make in communities.

But it’s only through

help through the community that

we can fix things. So if you know

something that’s wrong please take

the opportunity to contact the

regional police,” says mayor Henry.

Ontario’s Ministry of Community

and Social Services is also developing

strategies to stop human


Jennifer Richardson, Director of

the Provincial Anti-Human Trafficking

Coordination Office, says,

“Two out of three police reported

Photograph by Shana Fillatrau

cases of human trafficking in Canada

are in Ontario.” Recognizing

how vigorous human trafficking is

within Ontario despite the sparsity

of data available, the provincial

government has invested 72 million

dollars towards holding human

traffickers accountable, educating

communities, and developing Indigenous-led

approaches to stop


“We are the third province in

Canada to have a strategy to fight

human trafficking … and as far as

I am aware, it is one of the largest

financial investments in North

America,” says Richardson, who

was recently on a panel as part of a

human trafficking prevention event

held at the University of Ontario

Institute of Technology.

The provincial government also

realizes the importance of working

with people who have been involved

in trafficking and affected

by trafficking. Richardson says

they work with a lot of people who

are experienced and who have been

involved in trafficking. “One of my

bosses comes from lived experience,”

says Richardson.

These professionals believe it is

important to be passionate about

stopping human trafficking. Tucker

says, “You can’t help but be emotionally


Human trafficking is happening

in Durham but knowing the red

flags can make a difference in a

potential victim’s life.

Mayor Henry says the public

needs to be part of the solution in

ending human trafficking.

“You have a voice. Our democracy

is a democracy that demands

participation. So if you see something

that’s wrong take the time,

make the call, send the email, let’s

work together to make Canada the

greatest place to live. We can do

this if we work together. You know

being silent doesn’t help the issue,”

says mayor Henry.

10 The Chronicle March 20 - 26, 2018 chronicle.durhamcollege.ca Campus

Dining differently in Brooklin

Claudia Latino

The Chronicle

The Copper Branch restaurant in

Brooklin is doing things differently

these days. It has improved its menu

to become more viewer-friendly,

including easy-to-read text, fewer

pictures, and short descriptions of

their food.

The plant-based restaurant made

the changes to improve the quality

of its business by becoming certified

by the Blue Umbrella program

last year.

The Blue Umbrella program is

designed for businesses that want

their service to be dementia-friendly.

According to the Alzheimer Society

of Durham Region, 10,000

people locally have been diagnosed

with a dementia-related illness.

The Blue Umbrella symbol, often

displayed on a door or window,

lets customers know the staff are

qualified to help those who have

memory loss of other symptoms of


More than 50 businesses in

Whitby and Ajax are certified by

the program. Businesses receive a

one-hour training session from a

trainer, who works alongside volunteers

and a person with dementia

to educate staff.

The training includes a plan to

be implemented by staff to cater to

this group of customers.

Trevor Paterson, general manager

at Copper Branch, helped two

customers with a dementia-related

illness last summer.

“One time, there was this older

lady with her three daughters. One

of the daughters was very familiar

with the program since she saw the

sticker on our front door,” he said.

“She approached us about it and

she wasn’t only excited but very

appreciative when we gave her the

menu right away and knew what

she was talking about.”

After training, someone from the

organization acts as a customer to

see how knowledgeable the business

is about the Blue Umbrella


“Once they pass, and once we

know those changes have been

made, the business can now say

they are ‘dementia-friendly’,” said

Christie May, director of philanthropy

at Alzheimer Society of

Durham Region. “We then give

them a blue umbrella emblem to

display in their store.”

Photograph by Claudia Latino

Christie May, focuses on fundraising programs through the Alzheimer's society in Brooklin.

Paterson once had a customer

ask him about the symbol.

“I was working outside on the

patio and this lady asked, ‘I see you

have the blue umbrella sticker on

your window. Do you mind telling

me what that’s about?’” he said.

A member from the Alzheimer

Society of Durham Region emailed

the restaurant a month later impressed

with how much knowledge

Paterson had about the program.

May is thankful her community

believes in this program.

“We were so fortunate to have

the support of the Town of Whitby

who gave us $25,000 to ignite this

Blue Umbrella movement in Whitby,”

said May.

“We also received $10,000 from

the Town of Ajax to ignite the

movement in Ajax.”

May said dementia is an issue for

many people.

“Dementia is on the rise and it

has been declared a ‘world epidemic’.

Many would say if they haven’t

had a situation first hand with Alzheimer’s

‘Oh I don’t know anybody

or that doesn’t affect me,” she said.

“It does affect you. It would be

hard-pressed to have a job or a role

and not come cross that.”

Paterson would like to see more

businesses become part of the program

to improve customer service

skills and equality in his community.

The Alzheimer Society of Durham

Region’s goal is to expand the

program beyond Whitby and Ajax.

“It’s a simple thing we take for

granted, as easy as going into a

restaurant or reading off a menu

that some people can’t do,” said


“This program is very unique

and it does cater to a group that

people don’t usually think about.

I think people who have relatives

who experience it really appreciate

there’s a society out there who are

dedicated to helping them.”

Cleaning out

the litter box

Michael Bromby

The Chronicle

If you live in Oshawa, you may

have complained about feral cats

running through your backyard.

Linda Power is an animal activist

in Oshawa who wants people to

understand the homeless cats that

may cause you grief are just trying

to make it through the day.

Power has lived in Oshawa for

the past 12 years but grew up in

Bancroft. As a child, she grew up

with animals in her family home.

The first animal she rescued was a

cat named Fluffy.

“As a kid, I rescued everything,”

says Power with a smile.

When she lived in Bancroft, she

ran a dog rescue with her husband

Jack. Over time, they slowly integrated

cats. When she moved

to Oshawa she began to focus on

cats and how they were living in

the city.

“When we came to Oshawa we

were very involved in cat rescue.

Part of cat rescue is the trap, neuter,

return, and manage program

(TNRM),” says Power.

In November, city council voted

on a motion put forward by Oshawa

Animal Services to have a

TNRM program in Oshawa. The

city approved a two-year pilot program

which allows animal services

to trap and spay or neuter the cat.

This local feral cat in Oshawa is part of a cat colony.

The cats are then returned to a

colony and volunteers from Action

Volunteers for Animals (AVA)

manage the colony providing food

and water. Under the TNRM, a

feral cat is defined as unsocial and

possibly aggressive, while avoiding

humans. The goal of the program

is to reduce the number of feral

cats. In 2016, Oshawa Animal

Services received 16 complaints

about feral cats and in 2015 it was

30. AVA was running small cat

colonies in the city.

Each feral cat brought into Oshawa

Animal Services from these

complaints were spade, neutered

and returned to the colony. The

city gave $4,500 toward the pilot

project for funding of volunteers.

Mayor John Henry says the community

volunteers are what keep

the program running successfully.

“The program has been working

very well in Oshawa. It wouldn’t

work if we didn’t have community

participation,” he says.

Henry says part of the feral cat

problem comes from students at

Durham College and UOIT. He

says they get cats during the school

year as pets, then release them before

they go home.

“If you had a cat don’t just release

it and go back home, make

sure that it’s properly looked after,”

says Henry.

Power says she has been advocating

for the TNRM program to be

implemented in Oshawa for years.

She says it is needed because the

public does not understand these

cats are suffering.

“They are starving, they are

often injured, they freeze to death

in the winter and they need help,”

she says.

Power has sent in letters to city

council and has also attended city

council meetings to voice her opinion.

“At first, when I would go to

council meetings or have a letter on

the agenda they really didn’t like

me too much,” says Power. “But

they’ve changed a lot and they’re

willing to recognize that volunteers

have been solving a huge and expensive

problem for them and those

volunteers need support.”

Power used to volunteer with

AVA by fostering cats while attending

to colonies. She doesn’t

work with them anymore but she

still visits three times a week to feed

the cats with food she buys. She

says it is expensive but with new

funding the food should be donated

to the colonies by the city or the

people in the community.

“Everybody wants to feed their

cats but it’s usually a financial concern,”

she says.

Power visits the colonies every

week to provide food for the feral

cats, and clean up garbage around

Photograph by Michael Bromby

the shelters.

She says the public is not always

receptive towards her actions.

“I have had my life threatened

if I came back to feed the cats. I

had people fight with me on the

street because I was putting down

cat food,” she says.

Power has worked hard to keep

the cats safe.

She says the city will not disclose

the locations of cat colonies

to the public because of potential


“There are a lot of people who do

not like cat colonies. If they know

where they are often they will go

and take the food away and destroy

the shelters,” she says.

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Is porn the new drug?

Kaatje Henrick

The Chronicle

There are many different types of

addiction: drugs, television, technology

- and potentially, porn.

Clay Olsen, the founder of Fight

the New Drug, recently spoke to

about a hundred students and

guests at Durham College about

porn addiction.

“Porn is not a light topic and

for some it is very difficult to talk

about,” he says. “We want the topic

to become something that people

can have a conversation over without

feeling judged.”

Fight the New Drug is an organization

started by Olsen, who

is from Salt Lake City, Utah, and

some of his colleagues from college.

His cousin struggled with porn addiction

which Olsen says led him to

act out in violent ways.

Olsen says his cousin was arrested

and put in jail for a crime

he committed due to his addiction.

After his cousin was released, Olsen

was curious about the research on

this subject. “I saw him in a rough


He didn’t know who to speak to

and cut everybody off. He started

to act out in violent ways by solving

his problems with physical abuse,”

says Olsen. “That’s when I knew

something had to change.”

His organization creates awareness

among the public about pornography,

and how it can have a

Campus Church crew with Clay Olsen (centre) founder of Fight the New Drug.

negative impact on society and a

person’s overall health.

According to Olsen, addiction to

pornography harms in three ways:

through the brain, the heart and

everyday life.

The brain is constantly gathering

new information and molding. Addiction

happens when people absorb

information on a daily basis,

and it becomes addictive because of

the repetition, according to Olsen.

“It’s a reward centre in our

brain, the chemicals like dopamine

are released and they make

you feel good, they make you want

to do it again,” says Olsen. Some

people become physically or emotionally

dependent on the source of

their addiction, says Carl Legault,

a psychotherapist and professor at

Durham College.

“It may affect your life negatively,

but it’s become such a compulsive

action that you now depend on

it. Your brain can no longer control

its cravings to the source you’re addicted

too,” says Legault.

Often when people have an addiction

it ruins relationships with

friends and family. It can also take

a toll on self-esteem and self-worth,

according to Legault.

He says the biggest impact is

when someone lets the addiction

consume them and they’re now

dependant on it.

When an addict becomes addicted

to a certain thing, they may live

their life according to their addiction.“Addicts

need the substance

that they’re addicted to in order

to feel good, or able to live,” says


Addiction to porn has been proven

to often disrupt and ruin relationships,

according to Olsen.

He says the relationship’s intimacy

is no longer satisfactory because

the addict is now looking for

something that sparks their interest

Photograph by Kaatje Henrick

more than pornography.

He says in some cases, this may

lead to acts of violence on the partner,

or others.

Nick Doyle is a pastor at Calvary

Baptist Church in Oshawa

who attended the event.

“I have seen it ruin many lives, and

I hate seeing people’s life consumed

by it,” he says.

Easy access to porn online is part

of the challenge.

“With porn being on the internet

and the internet being so accessible,

it almost exponentially increases

the views of porn within people,”

says Legault.

UOIT's long night against procrastination


event helps

to ease




Alex Clelland

The Chronicle

Midterm season is here and students

at UOIT are beginning to

feel the stress and pressures of succeeding

in school.

During one of the busiest times of

the school year, the Student Learning

Centre in the library aims to

help alleviate stress by putting on

their third annual Long Night

Against Procrastination (LNAP)


The event took place on March 8

in The Den of the campus library.

It featured sessions on writing tips,

offered food and prizes, yoga and

meditation, and a chance to sit

down with research librarians to

go over assignments one-on-one.

Many universities across Ontario

also host the event, including the

Waterloo, Laurentian, Trent, and


The session also had tips for students

who frequently pull all-nighters

to complete school work, giving

tips on how to effectively work into

Students help out at the annual Long Night Against Procrastination.

the late hours of the night.

Krista Elliott is manager of the

Student Learning Centre and says

every student procrastinates.

“A lot of us have a hard time sitting

down and actually starting the

work,” she says. When you have to

write a paper, it’s easy to come up

with any excuse to put it off.

But to get yourself started, if you

can commit to two minutes of work,

it can be enough time to stay there

and keep working.”

Lindsay Smith was the event coordinator.

When helping students fight

procrastination, she says the worst

distraction is social media.

“We all have our favourite websites

we like to visit when we’re

bored,” Smith says.

“Most students have a phone,

and it’s so easy to pick it up and surf

through social media like Facebook

and Twitter.

It’s a great idea to turn off your

phone or the notifications when

you’re trying to get work done.”

Smith says her favourite tip came

from a student she spoke with at

the event about getting rid of his

biggest distraction – his phone.

“A student told me the best tip

he ever discovered was locking his

phone up in his car,” Smith says.

“He would come to the library to

do work, but would leave his phone

behind so he didn’t have the temptation

to go on it and get distracted,

and I think that’s a great tip for students

who find themselves on social

media a lot.”

Photograph by Alex Clelland

Although the event focused on

helping students to take initiative to

get their assignments done, it was

also a relaxing environment where

students could take a break from

the stressful library.

Free food and coffee were offered

to students and faculty, and

there was a chance to sit down and

chat with peers about how to fight

putting off work. There will be another

event held on March 26 at the

UOIT downtown campus from 1

p.m. until 6 p.m.

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Carving up

fun in Whitby

Crafts-people meet for

annual woodcarving event

John Cook

The Chronicle

The meticulously crafted, highly

detailed works on display in Whitby’s

Heydenshore Pavilion last

weekend all had one thing in common—they

all started as hunks of

ordinary wood.

The Brooklin Woodcarvers hosted

their 28th annual woodcarving

show and competition on March

10, drawing a large crowd.

Craftspeople from across Ontario,

most belonging to a local

association, gathered to show off

their sculpting and share tips with

fellow carvers.

Visitors could check out a wide

range of carving styles and techniques

and chat with the artists.

There were also tables selling tools

and materials for woodworking.

Pieces ranged from traditional

bird carvings to intricate designs

carved into bark and even

crank-operated moving scenes

involving colourful wooden caricatures.

Calvin Perry, director at large of

the Durham Woodworking Club,

says he would encourage anyone to

try woodworking, no matter what

skill they possess.

“It’s amazing,” says Perry. “Once

you start carving you drive down

the street and you see a tree trunk

and right away you think of what

you could make it into.”

Perry has been carving since he

was a teenager. He says it’s a skill

that should be passed on from generation

to generation, so he’d like

to see more young people take up

the craft.

“We meet every Monday and

we do some training for new members,”

says Perry. “You can come

out and try it out for free, and if you

like it you can become a member.”

Mark Sheridan, president of the

Ontario Woodcarvers Association,

says in Ontario there are about six

shows each year. He was pleased

with the turnout at the event this


“We get some really good attendance

at our shows,” says Sheridan.

“The carvers move from show

to show. We don’t mind moving

across Ontario. You develop some

nice friendships along the way.”

For some, the highlight of the

event was the competition where

visitors vote on their favourite

piece in novice, intermediate, and

advanced skill groups.

Sheridan’s says his preferred style

of carving is caricature carving,

which he describes as, “somewhat

like a Norman Rockwell painting.”

He pointed out a carving at

the competition table of a drunken

gambler cowboy as one of his favourite


He and many others also took

interest in an incredibly detailed

carving into cotton bark, which

reached a height close to that of a

small child.

The piece, which won first place

in the bark carving category, was a

representation of an eerie-looking

church that contained many miniscule

windows, doors and staircases.

Ray Traynor, a member of the

Brooklin Woodcarvers, says he uses

woodcarving to relax and occupy

his time after a motorcycle accident.

Although he’s fairly new to

the craft, he was showing off some

of his pieces which combine metal

and woodworking.

“My dad was a carpenter by

trade but I wasn’t much of a carpenter

myself,” he said. “But I was

always fascinated by Native art and

carvings so I decided to try it out.

And it’s been great.”

The next show for woodcarving

will be held March 16-18 in Waterloo.

Sheridan says the shows are

a great way for amateur carvers to

get outside perspectives on their

pieces by showing them off to the


“It’s not just about getting your

stuff out of the living room and

showing it,” says Sheridan. “People

see in your carvings things you

wouldn’t have seen in them before.

That’s the best part of these


Photographs by John Cook

Carvings on display at the 28th annual woodcarving show and competition by various artists.

Refugee family expected to arrive in Stouffville

Iraqi family

close to



Kirsten Jerry

The Chronicle

After two years, members of two

Stouffvile churches think they are

getting closer to bringing a refugee

family of six from Iraq to York


The family from Mosul, Iraq,

whose name cannot be used for security

reasons, is expected to arrive

in Canada this summer. Eastridge

Evangelical Missionary Church

and Springvale Baptist Church decided

to sponsor the family through

their Stouffville Help and Awareness

for Refugees and the Exiled

(SHARE) program. The family is

currently in Jordan.

Eastridge volunteer Conny

Chubbuck, 37, is on a committee

in charge of looking for leisure activities

that the family would enjoy

and find culturally acceptable.

“The best part is that after many

ups and downs… we are still expecting

the same family,” says

Chubbuck. “We’ve got to know a

little bit about them and we care

about them.”

The family has a father, a

mother, two older sons, a younger

daughter and an aunt.

“A lot of times when you sponsor

a family you can’t help them

until they actually arrive here,”

Chubbuck says. The churches are

able to help the family financially

while they’re in Jordan, which is

fortunate because the adults in the

family are unable to work because

they don’t have work visas.

Before applying to be sponsors,

Eastridge and Springvale each held

Children were drowning in the


fundraisers because they needed

to have the funds to support the

family for a year, once they arrive,

before the churches could apply to

be community sponsors. Collectively,

they raised about $67,000,

Chubbuck says.

Then, the family had to apply

for refugee status, go through interviews

with Canadian visa officers

and will have to pass their security

checks and health exams.

However, there is no guarantee

or firm date for when the family

will be approved. She says the

churches could get news of the

family’s approval “anywhere from

four weeks from now to who knows


Roughly 25 people from the two

churches are involved in the process,

says Chubbuck.

Each person who will interact

with the family has to complete an

online Plan to Protect course by the

end of March.

Plan to Protect is an online company

that provides organizations,

like churches, with training courses

that outline what to do and what

not to do around vulnerable people,

such as refugees.

Chubbuck says she decided to

volunteer two years ago as she followed

the news during the Syrian

refugee crisis. She recalled learning

about refugees taking boats across

the Mediterranean Sea to escape

to Europe.

“You would see that they were

drowning, that children were

drowning in the Mediteranean

because they were just running for

their lives,” Chubbuck says.

“So, to me that’s just so horrific.

Having young children myself, like,

it’s just unimaginable that families

have to go through that kind of

life and have no place to go. So, it

was very, very clear to my husband

and me that we wanted to be a part

of [the SHARE program] and do

what we can.”

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DC business students reach finals

Aly Beach

The Chronicle

For the first time in history, Durham

College made it to the finals

of the Business Development Company

(BDC) Case Challenge hosted

at Vanier College in Montreal.

Business admin and marketing

program students Imina Edebiri,

25, Justin Pantaleo, 21, Joel

Budhlall, 21, Peter Abolarin, 23,

made the top six in the first round

of the competition of 24 post-secondary

schools from across the

country Feb. 10-11, with the help

of their coaches and professors Sara

Mercier and Sam Plati.

The group placed fourth in the

final round.

“It was a very proud moment,”

says Pantaleo.

The competition was set up on a

case-by-case basis per team. Each

team was given a ‘case’, in which

they must analyze the information,

find the problem and come up with

a recommendation, based on the

company’s goals or objectives, on

how to solve their business problem.

The groups had three hours to

analyze and solve the problem and

put together a 20-minute presentation

for the panel of judges.

They did it without internet or


Due to the college faculty strike

in first semester, the Durham group

had less time to prepare. According

to the group some students at other

We wanted

to bring the

community of

cross fitters


schools said they had been practising

for up to 10 months, while the

DC group only had two weeks to

prepare due to the delay in organizing

because of the strike.

“With the strike and everything,

we really didn’t have time to prepare

for this and schools from other

provinces had been prepping since

the start of the school year,” says


The first case they dealt with was

a CrossFit gym that needed to attract

more members. The DC team

focused on digital innovation as the

target audience was considered

tech-savvy, according to Pantaleo.

“We really wanted to target our

advertisements more towards the

digital side of things…so we did

a social media campaign,” says


The group also wanted to create

an annual event for cross fitters to

attract attention.

“We wanted to bring the community

of cross fitters together.

And to do that we wanted to hold

like an annual competition that

everyone could come to and participate

in,” says Pantaleo.

The group made it to the finals

because they found a unique angle:

the owner of the cross fit company.

According to Budhlall, not many

other teams focused on that.

“What we were told what really

set us apart and allowed us to go

on to the finals was the fact that

most teams were focusing strictly

on the business side of marketing

…but what we did differently from

everyone else was we really highlighted

the gym owner and his philanthropic

messages,” says Budhlall.

The second and final case they

worked on in the competition involved

an ‘emergency daycare’

company that would go to companies

and offer childcare services.

Edebiri says in this case, the financial

consideration of the case

was their downfall.

“The most important aspect of

why we didn’t place top three was

the financial aspect. We just did

a little bit of budgeting… but we

didn’t go in-depth on how we were

going to utilize the money. They

wanted more of the financial aspect,”

says Edebiri.

The team was disappointed that

they didn’t finish in the top three,

not just for themselves but for their

coaches as well.

“I won’t lie… after they called the

top three, I was really disappointed

because like, ‘we are there, like,

why can’t we just grab that’, and

I wanted that so much for Sam,”

says Edebiri.

While the team was disappointed

Courtesy of Sara Mercier

Business admin and marketing program students (from left)

Joel Budhlall, Justin Pantaleo, Imina Edebiri and Peter Abolarin

at the Business Development Company Case Challenge.

they didn’t place in the top three,

they were happy for the opportunity

to travel to Montreal and have

the experience.

“We’re very thankful to the

school for providing the opportunity.

They didn’t have to invite

us…and we hope we did everyone

proud,” says Pantaleo.

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DC's fight against fake news

How do we

know it's

not real?

Aly Beach

The Chronicle

Fake news: it’s everywhere and it’s

become an epidemic. So much so,

Durham College (DC) has a general

education course dedicated to

fighting it.

Valerie Lapp, professor in the

School of Interdisciplinary Studies,

teaches “The Real Truth About

Fake News” a course dedicated to

teaching students how to detect

fake news. “With the advent of social

media, with the fact that people

are not just getting their news from

a few trusted sources, that are just

getting flooded with news, advertising,

fake news, satire, opinion

in just a big wall on the internet,

that people are no longer are no

longer able to decide what’s real

and what’s fake,” says Lapp. The

hybrid course specifically focuses

on how to spot fake news, stop the

Valerie Lapp's top tips for finding fake news

• Think critically

• Ask yourself who is the author? What is their motive for writing the story?

Have they written anything previously? What are their credentials?

• Ask yourself is the website credible? Have they presented fake news before?

• Do some research and double check any unclear information

spread of it, find media bias while

comparing bias to fake news, the

role of personal bias in fake news

detecting, how to find trustworthy

sources and how fake news affects

democracy. A hybrid course is a

course divided between online and


Lapp says she got the idea last

year after she saw “all the crazy

stuff happening after the 2016

(U.S.) election,” She sat down

with DC Journalism - Mass Media

professor Teresa Goff to discuss

possible course content. Goff and

Journalism - Mass Media Program

coordinator Brian Legree have also

been guest speakers in the class.

They educate students on the importance

of local news.

“For many of them, it’s quite an

eye-opener,” says Lapp, “What

Brian and Teresa did…. Was

basically point out how you need

to know what’s going on…around

you locally and how could you find

that out here at Durham College.”

Lapp described the current news

cycle pattern as a “fire hose of information.”

The sheer amount of

information people see every day

can make it difficult to determine

what is true and what is not, according

to Lapp. She says a lot of

people are simply not prepared to

do the work to determine if they are

reading fake news.

“The consequences of not doing

that work and not knowing what’s

fake and what’s true are devastating,”

says Lapp, “What I see, even

in my students, is that I’ll show

them two stories, one is from CBC

the other is fake news and they’ll

just say ‘it’s all crap.’ There is a tendency

to just dismiss everything.”

Lapp says this disengagement

and fake news both have “devastating”

effects on democracy, which

is why she says everyone needs to

fight the fake news epidemic. She

says by dismissing all sources of

information, people are not being

informed on government activities

or people in power.

“The more people who feel they

can’t trust the information, the

more they disengage. And when

you have disengaged people, you

don’t have a functioning democracy,”

says Lapp.

Lapp says one of the main causes

of fake news is mistakes made

by news organizations in events of

breaking news. Other causes are

satire being taken seriously and

true fake news containing a grain

of truth. "Sometimes though, I do

think that even the very best journalism

outlets, the best journalists

are under such terrible pressure

with the 24/7 news cycle that they

rush to get something out, and particularly

when we see…breaking

news of any kind, then all kinds

of messes happen,” says Lapp. On

April 19, Lapp will be hosting a

“Fake News Summit” in the Global

Classroom. Confirmed guests include

Canada-based Buzzfeed

media editor Craig Silverman.

“He’s sort of made it his mission,

and Buzzfeed has kind of given him

this responsibility of uncovering

fake news… he finds it and follows

stories that expose rings of fake

news propagators,” says Lapp.

Lapp says even with spreading

misinformation and distrust

in the media, there is still a need

for journalists. “The world needs

well-trained, ethical journalists

more than ever, and ones that are

willing and able to report on the

local news - that’s so important,”

says Lapp.

Simple or complex, any problem can be solved



helps solve


Cam Black-Araujo

The Chronicle

Someone not pulling their weight

in a group project? Your roommate

won’t clean up after himself? That’s

where Campus Conflict Resolution

Services (CCRS) comes in.

CCRS provides free and confidential

resolution services on

campus, and will also try to help

resolve conflicts. But some CCRS

mediators say more people could

take advantage of their services.

Mediation student Charlotte

Hand-Ross says their services are

valuable but two things sometimes

make it difficult for them to reach

more students.

She says not everyone knows

CCRS exists because there are

so many students on campus, and

often times with a program like

this, some people may worry about

being judged.

“I think it’s really beneficial to

take advantage of our services because

we are so willing to help,”

says Hand-Ross. “Aside from what

we can help you with at that specific

time, we do provide you with

great transferable skills moving


These services are provided to

anyone on campus who needs help

with conflict, whether it’s group

work, teammates and even relationship

advice. In a session, the

mediator helps identify key issues

and assists with negotiating a mutually

acceptable agreement, as

well discussing how to implement

that agreement.

CCRS is a mandatory class as

part of the Mediation-ADR course.

Students meet each week to discuss

and go over any conflicts they’ve

dealt with or presentations they’ve


The students discuss what went

well and what strategies they used

to help going forward in other situations.

“It’s important for us do this, so

we are staying consistent in our

work and ensuring what we do is

relevant and effective,” says Hand-


The mediation students provide

help through mediation, but if both

parties don’t want to take part, they

will provide coaching and give advice

to help with the situation for

those willing to listen. They can

provide services to students at

either school on campus but cannot

help with conflict between a

student and professor. This is a

grad-certificate program so many

of the student mediators have already

experienced these conflicts

in college.

Take advantage

because we are

so willing to


CCRS supervisor and Mediation-ADR

program coordinator,

Dale Burt, says the program not

only helps those looking for conflict

resolution services, but also helps

the students providing the service.

“The program gives students real

life, hands-on experience that will

help them once they get into the

field,” says Burt.

People looking for assistance can

get in touch with CCRS by e-mail

on their Durham College website

page. Burt then passes the inquiry

on to the students who would volunteer

to take on the task at hand.

Hand-Ross says working alongside

students to help solve conflicts,

or even just giving them advice, has

really helped her as a person and

provided her with important experience

heading forward.

“I’ve developed a leadership role

that I didn’t really know I had before,”

explains Hand-Ross. “I’ve

been able to express my creativity

differently in this program.”

Campus chronicle.durhamcollege.ca March 20 - 26, 2018 The Chronicle 15

'Do fabulous work' at school

Tracy Wright

The Chronicle

“Treat your days at school as if

you are already at your job. The

first day at school was your first job

interview. Be punctual, sit upright

and meet deadlines. Do fabulous

work because it is in you. Be ready

to embrace opportunities.” These

words of advice were given by

Durham College alumnus Manjula

Selvarajah while speaking here

for an Alumni in the Pit event Feb.


Selvarajah is a graduate from

Journalism - Print and Broadcast

program in 2014.

She was in technology before

she became a journalist. She currently

works at CBC Radio, often

on Metro Morning with Matt Galloway.

It was a call to action which

had her make the change to journalism.

She recalled watching the

news several years ago and seeing

a cargo boat that had pulled into a

B.C. harbour with Tamil refugees.

“It was a strange moment for

me. I remember thinking, what is

going on? We have tons of people

who show up on our borders every

day and we give them the benefit

of the doubt. I felt at that point

the question of the benefit of the

doubt happened because of racism.

The coverage in the news made

her realize that the newsrooms

Photograph by Tracy Wright

Manjula Selvarajah, a former journalism student at DC who enrolled in the program as a wife

and mother, unsure of herself going in and is now a reporter for CBC Radio.

across the country needed more


“The face of Canada is changing.

It helps to have diversity,” says


When starting the journalism

program, she did not know what

to expect. She said she gave herself

three months to determine if

program was right for her.

As a mature student mother

and wife, she found the balance a

little bit tough.

But she said “the day-to-day

pace prepares you for your regular

day at work.”

Selvarajah added she was grateful

to her professors as they were

instrumental instructors, preparing

her for interviews with sources

and ultimately, job interviews. She

praised the late Gerry Rose who

was the editor for Chronicle as he

would sit down and give her different

suggestions on stories..

She had some great advice for

journalism students.

Selvarajah said reporters will

talk to people at the worst and best

moments of their lives. But she

added she loves her work.

Selvarajah, founder of Tamil

Women Rising, an organization

that empowers Tamil women to

meet their goals and have a better

future, concluded by saying “life is

not fair to a lot of people. There

will always be one with more money,

more connections. The system

has to change to fix the inequalities.

The only solution to unfairness

is grit and hard work.”

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The future of

captioning at DC


Hub is on

the map

Aly Beach

The Chronicle

Two Durham College students

have developed a way to make

closed caption services quicker and


Matthew Wierzbicki and Dillon

Regimbal, both 20 and students in

the computer programming analyst

program, unveiled their project

based in artificial intelligence

(AI) at the Colleges and Institutes

of Canada (CICan), ‘Accelerating

Innovation Through Applied Research’

showcase on Feb. 12-13 in

Ottawa. CICan which acts a voice

for publicly funded colleges.

“It was a great way to show Durham

College has the capabilities

of using AI to make real-world effects,”

says Wierzbicki.

Artificial intelligence is defined

as being intelligence demonstrated

by machines, as opposed to intelligence

shown by humans or animals.

The software idea was conceived

when it was identified that the college

pays a third party for captioning


“For the college, it allows the

professors to take a video and have

it captioned much quicker than it

currently is, which currently takes

many months because it is done by

a third party. So having that done

in-house is better,” says Regimbal.

The projected started with automatic

word generation and Long

Short Term Memory (LSTM). The

two students essentially trained the

program on a piece of work, so it

could determine sentence structures,

grammar and punctuation.

They chose to train it with Shakespeare.

“We were kind of teaching it how

to make words and sentences and

making it learn how to talk,” says

Regimbal adding, “we fed it books

and had it write pages.”

The program works by taking

the words people are saying, and it

will train on certain words so it can

“recognize the intonations and the

sound files.”

It will then recognize what certain

words look like. From there, it

will make an educated guess based

on what it has heard before and output

the words said.

The project was presented at a

showcase put on by CICan.

At the showcase, colleges came

and presented applied research


Policy updates and funding that

would affect applied research was

also discussed.

Wierzbicki and Regimbal got to

meet MPPS, other college students

and Bardish Chagger, the Ontario

Minister of Small Businesses.

“It was pretty cool meeting all of

these important people. It was a fun

time,” says Wierzbicki.

“Getting to talk to the students

from all the other colleges and

seeing how their projects are going.

That was really good,” added


The captioning project is part

of DC’s AI Hub which works with

ministry partners on research projects

and works on internal projects

for the school. The hub will be

introducing workshops and seminars

that teach about AI from the

ground up.

“The AI Hub is sort of a term the

we coined here at Durham College

that oversees or the umbrella term

that goes over everything AI- related

that is happening in the college,”

says Amit Maraj, professor

who oversees the AI Hub projects.

According to Maraj, there are

currently more than 60 students

who are working or involved with

AI Hub projects and around 12 researchers.

“It was kind of like an intro. We

were kind of like a test to see if AI

would be feasible and it seems to be

successful,” says Regimbal.

Photograph by Aly Beach

(Left to right) Computer programming analyst students Dillon Regimbal and Matthew

Wierzbicki, both 20, participated in the CICan applied research showcase.

Community chronicle.durhamcollege.ca March 20 - 26, 2018 The Chronicle 17

The historical terminal

The land where we stand is the traditional

territory of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island

First Nation. Uncovering the hidden

stories about the land our community is

built on is what the Chronicle's new feature

series, the Land Where We Stand,

is about.

William McGinn

The Chronicle

“People were used to shopping at

areas where you had three checkout

counters and here you’d have 30,”

says Jim Olson, a former Oshawa

high school principal. The meat

counters of the Knob Hill Farms

supermarkets were one of the most

notable details. “On this counter

that was the length of a football

field, you’d find full rabbits or the

head of a pig.” Oshawa’s store had,

according to Mary Bull of Oshawa

Express, a 330-foot meat counter

and 46 checkout registers.

Steve Stavro created Knob

Hill Farms, a former grocery store

chain that used to be the biggest in

Ontario, his ten warehouse chains

each taking up tens of thousands

of feet. It was the creation of the

term “food terminal”, according

to Nicolaas Van Rijn’s article on

Knob Hill Farms from The Record.

Oshawa’s Knob Hill Farms

was located between Simcoe Street

and Ritson Road. The abandoned

building proves that even the businesses

thousands of square feet big

and thousands of customers are

vulnerable to failing.

Many Ontario residents still remember

Knob Hill Farms: the lineups

to get into the parking lot, the

gigantic piles of produce and the

mile-long set of registers. If it were

still in business, its size would be

comparable to Cost Co. The Oshawa

store was 21,000 square feet. “It

would draw people in from Bowmanville,

Newcastle, Port Hope,

even Peterborough,” said Keith

Jones, a retired Geography high

school teacher. “A grocery store

could do that because they could

stock up on these huge quantities.”

Stavro, his brother Chris, and

his father managed to open the first

store under the name in 1953. By

this time, Stavro had been working

with his father in the retail business

after dropping out of high school

to do so. It was a small fruit store

in Markham. By 1954, Stavro was

operating the first Knob Hill Farms

supermarket on Danforth Avenue.

By the late 50’s, he had nine stores

across Toronto. Then he put the

smaller stores to rest in 1962 to

build the first Knob Hill Farms

food terminal at Woodbine Avenue

and Highway 7 in Markham, the

biggest grocery store in the country.

He basically

invented the


store format in

Canada and for

a long time had

the market to

himself, but he

got stuck, frozen

in time.

As the years went by, he expanded

it to nine more “food terminals” in


It was an unconventional business.

Stavro wanted to cut down on

frills as much as possible, like packaging

and selling several different

brands of the same food. He also

did his best to buy produce straight

from the farmers. The result was

a store that, in Oshawa’s branch

alone, would ship 2,500 watermelons

and have them all bought in

three days.

According to Keith Jones, an Oshawa

resident who brought a group

of Indigenous youth to Knob Hills

on a field trip, Steve Stavro had a

motto of “Bulk Buying, Bulk Selling”.

Jones says it was “like warehouse

distribution, like the Costco

model, buying in quantities, selling

in quantities.”

Knob Hill didn’t use today’s

plastic bags in checkout. Portions

made them too impractical. Knob

Hill used reusable and take-home

cardboard and plastic baskets,

which had eco-friendly limited-tono

packaging, and were beneficial

to the quantities.

“Knob Hill introduced basket

shopping, so you’d put all your

items in baskets and then when you

went to the checkout, they’d take it

out of the basket, transfer, and then

take the basket home. Basically, that

was the start of reusable shopping,”

said Olson, who was at Oshawa’s

Knob Hill Farms opening in 1983.

Before its closure, there were a

total of ten warehouse-style stores

employing about 800 people. That’s

80 employees per store. In 1991,

Stavro’s chain was at the peak of

its success, sharing more than 3 per

cent of the Ontario market. But it

had to close.

Its closure stemmed from Stavro’s

other line of work. He became

the owner of the Toronto Maple

Leafs hockey team themselves in


During that time, grocery stores

were beginning to catch up to the

large scale of shopping Knob Hill

Farms put in place, such as Cost

Co and Loblaws, but Stavro was

unable to keep the required attention

on his enterprise, remaining

CEO while working closely with

the hockey team.

Not only that, but Stavro did not

want to be subject to change. These

stores had, during an age where

power shopping and supermarkets

were supersizing, no scanners at the

check-outs. Not only that, but competitors

added bar code reachers

and scales at cash registers.

“We don't need a computer log

to tell us when to order goods from

a central depot,” said Stavro in

1983. “Everything's on the floor. All

we have to do is look at the shelves

to determine how much new stock

we need.”

Combined, those two problems

presented a gradual decline in customers,

from $500,000,000 annually

to half that, and it ended up

earning less money compared to its

new competitors.

"He basically invented the warehouse

store format in Canada and

for a long time had the market to

Photograph by William McGinn

To the left is Oshawa's Knob Hill Farms terminal, abandoned since 2001. To the right is before

the building opened to the grocery store in 1983, when it was an iron foundry.

himself," says Richard Talbot, a

retail consultant, according to an

article from the National Post. "But

he got stuck, frozen in time and unable

to change when change was all

around in an incredibly competitive

sector." As a result, Stavro decided

to close the properties.

He did not take the closing of

his business with dismissal. His business

began on his own terms and

was a part of most of his life. “This

is a very difficult personal and business

decision,” Stavro wrote to his

employees, suppliers and customers

in 2000. “Knob Hill Farms has

been a large part of my life. It is the

foundation of everything for my

family. But times have changed. I

have decided, regretfully, this is the

right time to close the doors at our

grocery outlets.”

Stavro closed the stores on Sept

30. He passed away six years later.

What makes Oshawa’s 21,000

square-metre store different from

the other nine is that since its closure,

the building itself has remained

standing empty.

The others have turned into appliance

stores and grocery stores.

In 2000, a liquidation centre and a

flea market opened in the Oshawa

terminal, which didn’t account for

the entire building, and a year later,

both businesses left the building.

This is the only building of the

ten to remain waiting for a new occupant.

Today the building is fenced off,

but not fenced off tight enough to

keep out vandals. There are weeds

and trees growing around the fences

and through cracks in a parking

lot that used to be able to hold

hundreds of cars. The windows are

boarded up with wood and there’s a

lot of chipped paint. However, the

individual letters spelling “TER-

MINAL” for the delivery trucks

and the main logo are still held up.

The logo even looks still in mint


It is also expected to finally have

another business under its roof. In

2014, Metrolinx was able to earn

the rights to utilize the property. It

is expected to be constructed into

one of four new Oshawa GO train

stations by at least 2024.

“You’re gonna see a cycle track,

and those paths, one of which goes

up near Durham College, those

paths are gonna be very significant

movers of people, like students in

multi-transportation. That whole

area is going to change very soon,”

said Jones.

Knob Hill Farms was known

as the biggest grocery store in Ontario,

one of which was “the largest

in the world” and yet the company

met a downfall. Message: Pay attention

to your company, and in

the economy, anything can end up

bankrupt. “As I end this chapter of

my life,” Stavro’s letter concluded

with, “I would also like to thank

a wonderful country that made it

possible for an immigrant kid from

the east end of Toronto to realize

his dreams.”

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The long

battle of the



The land where we stand is the traditional

territory of the Mississaugas of Scugog

Island First Nation. Uncovering the hidden

stories about the land our community

is built on is what the Chronicle's new

feature series, the Land Where We Stand,

is about.

Kirsten Jerry

The Chronicle

“We’ve lived here on the federal

lands since 1980,” said Mary

Delaney, describing how she came

to be involved with advocacy group

Land over Landings (LOL), which

she chairs, “so I raised my family

here and we turned what was a

rundown farmhouse into a lovely


Delany is one of many people living

on what is commonly known as

the airport lands, or simply The


Feeling the need to build an

airport to relieve congestion in

Toronto, the government did a

survey of the Pickering area lands

over a seventy-two-hour period in

Jan. 1972, according to The Paper

Juggernaut: Big Government Gone Mad

by Walter Stewart.

On Feb. 1, the Cabinet Committee

of Government Operations

accepted the proposal to build in

Pickering. By Feb. 7, the whole

Cabinet accepted.

The Lands were expropriated by

the government on March 2, 1972

for the airport. On the same day,

a protest group, People Or Planes

(POP), was created.

A note made by POP secretary

Pat McClennan on page 37 of The

Paper Juggernaut recounts the effects

of the expropriation on people living

on the lands: “… Another time

a woman called and said, ‘Well,

they’ve won; my husband had a

heart attack today.’ ”

According to the book The Village

of Brougham: Past! Present! Future?

by Robert A. Miller, the people of

A sign in a field protesting the building of an airport on the Pickering Lands.

Brougham, a community in the

northern part of Pickering, reacted

by holding a protest meeting, which

turned into POP.

The Lands are located in the

“ideal” position for a new Toronto

airport, according to page 203 of

The Paper Juggernaut, which is why

they were chosen but not everyone

wants an airport built.

Those against the airport are

fighting for food production, soil

and conservation of The Lands.

All of the goods produced in

the Lands before expropriation

included 4 million gallons of milk,

200,000 eggs, more than 1 million

pounds of beef, 375,000 pounds of

pork, 30,000 chickens, and 45,000

bushels of wheat, according to page

9 of The Paper Juggernaut.

The Lands are also full of class

one soil. Class one soil, when managed

well, has almost no limitations

for the number of crops that can

be grown in it. The soil holds in

moisture well, and can be used to

grow many types of crops.

For these reasons, Land over

Landings fights to protect The


“We changed the name of the

advocacy group from People or

Planes, which was very much a protest

group, to Land Over Landings,

which is all about advocating for

something,” Delaney said.

LOL has 12 people in unpaid

executive positions, some of which

are held by original members of

POP, and its many supporters include

up to 14,000 supporters on its

mailing list and 2.6 thousand likes

and followers on Facebook.

In an interview at her home,

Delaney said Brougham Recreation

society, Voters Organized

to Cancel the Airport Lands

(VOCAL), and what was left of

People Or Planes gathered in 2005.

“We realized we needed to work

together… so we got together.”

Land Over Landings got a sizable

push in membership in 2013

after the creation of the Rouge National

Urban Park was announced

by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty

and the Harper government. The

government had every intention

to actually build the Pickering


Over half of the original Lands

are now part of the Rouge National

Urban Park, which covers roughly

79.1 square kilometers.

“That’s when our new executive

was formed and that’s when we

realized we needed to be a much

more official body,” according to

Delaney, who went on to say the

city council often seems to fight

against them.

“The leading economic driver

is agriculture in Ontario and yet

they [city council] keep advocating

for an airport that in almost half

a century has never been proven

to be needed. If it were needed, it

would be here.”

Since expropriation, Transport

Canada became the landlord of

the airport lands. This does not

include the sections of land now in

the Urban Park.

Media Relations Advisor, Julie

Leroux, for Transport Canada,

wrote in an email correspondence,

“The Government of Canada is

taking a balanced approach to

the management of the Pickering

Lands, ensuring environmental,

community and economic demands

are being met.”

Lands were handed over by

Transport Canada to the Rouge

National Urban Park twice. Once

in 2015, then in 2017.

Parks Canada is the landlord of

all of Rouge Urban National Park.

Parks Canada works closely with

10 Indigenous peoples, including

the Mississaugas of Scugog Island

First Nations. The land has a diverse

Indigenous history.

Parks Canada’s Communications

and Public Relations Officer, Jeffrey

Sinibaldi, wrote in an email,

“This partnership was formalized

in 2012 with the creation of the

Rouge National Urban Park First

Nations Advisory Circle, which is

comprised of representatives from

these 10 First Nations with an expressed

interest, and historic and

cultural connection to the area of

the national urban park.”

The email continues to list Markham,

Pickering, Toronto, and Uxbridge

as housing Park land and

says “these lands will be protected


Julie Leroux is Transport Canada’s

Media Relations Advisor.

Transport Canada is still looking

into the possibility of building the


In a recent email, Leroux wrote,

“A study based on 2010 data predicted

that an airport would be

needed between 2027 and 2037.

That data needs to be updated.”

To update the information, Leroux

says, “Transport Canada has

initiated an aviation sector analysis

to obtain updated data on aviation

demand and capacity.”

The analysis would look into

information on the future needs

of Southern Ontario’s air traffic,

Photograph by Kirsten Jerry

including passengers, and cargo,

which type of airport would be best

for the area, how the airport would

affect the environment and how it

would make money.

This analysis is expected to be

completed sometime next year.

Transport Canada currently

holds 8,700 acres, while about

10,000 acres are in the Rouge National

Urban Park.

While some of The Lands have

been moved into the Park, the rest

are still being debated over.

Some say an airport is the better

choice, while others, like LOL, say

the lands should be left for farming


“Really,” Delaney said about

LOL, “what we’re advocating for

is the protection of the land itself,

because these are class one soils,

the best in the world, next to the

largest market in Canada, and now

the Rouge National Urban Park.”

On the other hand, Leroux

wrote, “The Government of Canada

will continue to engage directly

with business, community and government

stakeholders on the Pickering

Lands as work progresses to

determine the need and business

case for the development of the

Pickering Lands.”

The 46-year-old story of The

Pickering Lands is not over. The

debate between farming and development

continues to this day.

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55 rooms of history at Parkwood Estate

The land where we stand is the traditional

territory of the Mississauga's of

Scugog Island First Nation. Uncovering

the hidden stories about the land our community

is built on is what the Chronicle's

new feature stories, the Land Where We

Stand, is about.

Kaatje Henrick

The Chronicle

“Our morning routine would be

to go to the garden and pick the

strawberries for Mr. McLaughlin’s

breakfast,” says Brian Keys, 73,

the kitchen gardener who worked

at Parkwood in the 1960’s.

Parkwood Estate has been a National

Historic Site since 1989. The

55-room mansion was built on 12

acres in 1917. Col. Sam McLaughlin

and his wife, Adelaide Mowbray

bought Prospect park which used to

exist where the estate now stands.

Parkwood Estate was not just a

home for the McLaughlin’s and

their five daughters, it also contributed

to the Second World War.

Tours of the McLaughlin home are

open to the public.

“Mr. McLaughlin would usually

take the stairs down in the morning,

but being 90 at the time, he would

take the elevator,” says Samantha

George, curator of Parkwood, National

Historic Site.

The McLaughlin home tour starts

with the self-supporting staircase in

the front hall which was made from

steel in 1917. The carpet on the old

squeaky wood floor is a one of a kind

from Scotland.

“The elevator in the main hall

was used up until Col. McLaughlin’s

death in 1972,” says tour guide,

Elizabeth Glenney. She is one of the

150 volunteers who take the public

on tours.

“One of the most famous rooms

used in the McLaughlin’s home is

the billiard room,” says Glenney,

who has volunteered for seven years.

The billiard room has paintings

of all sports McLaughlin took part

in including, swimming, croquet,

snow shoeing, canoeing, soccer and

horse racing. The billiard room is

also famous for gatherings of the

officers from Camp X.

Camp X was created in 1941,

it was a special training school for

agents who were involved in the

Second World War. Before the war

began, supplies and recourses needed

to be collected for the military.

The war effort was a way of raising

those things needed.

In 1939, Elizabeth and father

King George were on their royal

tour of Canada and the United

States to bring attention to the war


Col. McLaughlin’s is also known

for the McLaughlin Car Company,

a family business of creating vehicles.

The company also supported the

war effort by making a car specifically

for the royal family’s arrival

and tour, as well as giving families

a place to stay.

Many other guests frequented

Parkwood. One person was Col.

William Eric Phillips who later

married one of the McLaughlin’s


Col. William Phillips also started

Research Enterprises Ltd, which

was a building in Toronto that made

espionage tools for the war.

“Lipstick cameras, lipstick knives,

and even bicycles that turned into

suitcases,” says George, who has

now spent 17 years learning about

the history of Parkwood.

One of the McLaughlin’s neighbours

was William Stevenson, the

creator of Camp X.

Every Sunday night, the officers

of Camp X would come to Parkwood

to discuss future plans and

play some pool.

“If only the pool cues could come

alive and tell me what was discussed

over brandy and pool,” says George.

“Col. McLaughlin was doing

everything he could before the war

started,” says George, who dedicates

her life to Parkwood.

Col. McLaughlin’s company also

supplied the war with mosquito

bombers, which is an aircraft that

sits a pilot and passenger, often used

in World War 2. Adelaide, Col.

McLaughlins wife, loved to throw

parties and fundraisers for the war

effort at Parkwood.

“The McLaughlin’s would have

an annual tea fundraiser where a

hat or shoe would be passed around

and people would give money for

the sailors who went to war,” says


Six men who served Col. Mc-

Laughlin and his family from

1930-1940 were sent off to fight

in the Second World War. All six

men returned and were greeted with


“Sam McLaughlin gave all

six men that returned, a key to a

brand-new house for them and their

families which to this day are still

standing,” says George.

Col. McLaughlin was also involved

in the Ontario Regiment

located in Oshawa. In 1921, Col.

McLaughlin became the president

of the Ontario Regiment. Which

helped him become the producer

of a film. Produced in 1941, There

Too Go I is about the support from

women and children in Canada

during the war time. The film was

played locally in late 1941 in Oshawa

and all earnings were put towards

the war effort.

After the war ended in 1945.

Shortly after, Adelaide, the wife of

Col. McLaughlin fell ill and passed

in 1958.

“After the death of his wife, Col.

McLaughlin had then realized he

was getting old and decided to write

a will,” says George.

She says the hospital contributed

to Parkwood and helped Adelaide

quite a bit in the end, and in return,

Sam left Parkwood Estate to the


In 1960, the hospital had plans to

turn Parkwood into the new Cancer

centre, but Col. McLaughlin

out lived his will. Col. McLaughlin

passed in 1972 at the age of 101.

The hospital was still trying to

turn Parkwood into a Cancer centre

but was unsuccessful because of

Heritage Oshawa.

Heritage Oshawa owned Parkwood

until the late 1980’s.

The National Historic Site company

then bought it and made it

official. Marking Parkwood with

the title of National Historic Site,

it became a place where the public

could come tour the 55-room mansion,

home to Col. McLaughlin who

created General Motors.

“We’re not owned by Parks Canada,

so we don’t have a big boss we

can go to and ask for money, so we

have to earn it all ourselves by fundraising

and throwing events,” says

Photograph by Kaatje Henrick

Parkwood is a mansion in Oshawa. Built in 1917, it is still open today and offers tours to those

who are interested in Oshawa's history.


To this day, Parkwood is still being

used for film making.

“Since 1980, I bet there’s been

over 500 different films, not just

movies but TV shows as well,” says


Popular films like X-men and

Billy Madison and TV shows like

Bomb girls and Anne of Green

Gables have been filmed at Parkwood.

Actress Anna Kendrick stars in

the new role as ‘Anne’ in Anne of

Green Gables, filming took place

this past summer at Parkwood.

The tours that take place in Parkwood

are another way the Estate

earns money.

With 11 gardens, an indoor pool,

along with a bowling alley is just a

couple of things that make Parkwood


The smell of antiques and dust

will tickle your senses. The original

furniture was from the 1930’s.

The carpet flown in from Scotland

is also an original.

Tourists like Jane Elliot and her

husband Tom who are from Edmonton,

Alberta are one reason

Parkwood is still functioning today.

“We came here to visit my sister

who’s always lived in Oshawa, she

told us about this place and how old

it was and we were so intrigued we

just had to come see it for ourselves,"

says Elliot.

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The history

of the water:

Lake Scugog

The land where we stand is the traditional

territory of the Mississaugas of

Scugog Island First Nation. Uncovering

the hidden stories about the land

our community is built on is what the

Chronicle's new feature series, the Land

Where We Stand, is about.

Cassidy McMullen

The Chronicle

Scugog Island is located 20 minutes

away from Durham College’s

Oshawa campus, but while we can

drink the water that comes out of

our taps, the Mississaugas of Scugog

Island First Nation, cannot.

“There shouldn’t be more than

one standard of water for people to

drinking,” Desmond Versammy,

Overall Responsible Operator

(ORO) for the Water Supply System

on the reserve, says. “People

are people.”

There are 81 long-term water

advisories in Canada currently

according to the Indigenous

and Northern Affairs Canada

(INAC- which is being renamed

to Indigenous Services Canada).

Others quote this number higher

at 153 water advisories, keeping

in mind that many of these places

have multiple advisories and

short-term advisories.

Scugog has 4 long-term drinking

water advisories.

The federal government is investing

$4.3 million dollars to end

the years of drinking water advisories.

With this money, along

$2.3 million being contributed by

the Mississaugas of Scugog Island

First Nation and an additional

$4.6 million from the Small Communities

Funds, the Scugog Island

reserve will be getting a water

treatment plant.

In total, the water treatment

plant is an $11.2 million project.

“They require a significant

amount of money,” Versammy

says. Went to school for engineering

and has spent his career consulting

on similar water management

projects including water

treatment, distribution and waste

removal. He has more than 30

years of experience in his field.

Versammy was brought on in

2014 as ORO for the water supply

system on the reserve to help

resolve the water issues on the reserve.

For ten years, the reserve has

been gripped by a drinking water

advisories. Most of the homes are

on well water with 15 homes on

smaller water treatment sheds.

Even houses on the water treatment

sheds are on the drinking

water advisory.

To better understand the issues

surrounding the water around

Scugog, it’s essential to look back

in time.

Back in the 1700’s, The Mississauga’s

First Nations lived on the

shores of Scugog Island. There

were two rivers that branched off

around the island and a small,

shallow lake. The lake was so

small and shallow that on early

maps of the area it was left out


From the shallow waters, the

Mississaugas harvested wild rice

and the land around was good for

living. Along with the wild rice,

there was a cranberry patch and

lots of wetland vegetation. There

is evidence that large number of

deer populated the area making it

ideal for hunting.

It wasn’t until the 1800’s that

those things changed.

Settlers came and drove the

Mississaugas off to turn the land

into farmland. Farming was good

on the shore until a dam was built.

The Purdy dam, named after

the brothers who had it built, had

no lock gates so there was no way

to control the water flow which

raised the water level to four feet.

William Purdy described the

area before the dam in Scugog

and its Environs.

“It was a mass of marsh and

grass, the only clear water being

that in the channel followed by the


A scow is a type of boat they

would have used as transportation

on Lake Scugog.

While this was perfect for the

people in Lindsay where the dam

was built, it caused havoc on the

local eco-system.

In 1927, F. G. Weir, the author

of Scugog and its Environs,

wrote, “The large tamarac forest

that stood at the south of Scugog

Island, said to have been at one

time, a place of frequented by

herds of deer, was killed off, exposing

the marshy swamp as it

appears today.”.

Unfortunately, for the people

living around the lake, that meant

Lake Scugog from the Scugog causeway.

their properties were submerged

and the stagnant water caused illness.

A North American version of

malaria spread by the mosquitoes

that thrived on change in water

and typhoid fever, caused by

drinking contaminated water, was

ripping through households.

In 1934, Samuel Farmer, the

author of On the Shores of Scugog,

wrote, “There was scarcely a

home that did not have its case of

typhoid fever, malarial fever and


Finally, enough was enough

for the locals. In 1841, A group of

young men decided to head over

to Lindsay and take down the

dam themselves after petitioning

the government was getting them


“Needless to say it was not the

Lindsay delegation that lowered

the dam,” Farmer wrote, “that

was the work of the government.”

The people in Lindsay caught

word of this and held a meeting.

For them, the dam was an economic

advantage so to take that

away would have devastated them.

After a militia was formed to greet

them, they resolved the situation

peacefully and agreed due to the

intervention of the government, to

lowered the water by two feet.

Even that didn’t please everyone

in Scugog. In 1882, the editor

of the Observer wrote, “Lower it,

by all means lower it. Demolish

the dam. How long are we to have

thousands of acres of land submerged

so that a mill in Lindsay

might be kept running?”

In 1844 the Purdy was replaced

with a newer dam that had

a lock system to better control the

water. It’s the dam that stands in

Lindsay today.

In 1847, the Mississaugas came

back to a different land. Forced to

farm on the rocky shores, they no

longer thrived like they once had.

They stuck it out making a living

off hunting and eventually by getting

city jobs. Along the way, they

were threatened by extinction due

to residential schools, under funding,

the 60’s scoop and other obstacles

put in the way by the Canadian


In the 1930’s, Scugog became

a tourist spot thanks to it being a

good fishing spot and the beautiful

lakeshore. The towns around

started to thrive from the economic

boast tourists brought.

Port Perry and Scugog Island

are doing better financially, the

lake itself is facing issues.

Lake Scugog has always been

shallow but with the years of run

off and the fact that it’s a eutrophic

lake. A eutrophic lake is shallow

and will eventually fill in. Its

aquatic life is a hot bed for plants,

fish and algae. Lake Scugog is

currently facing problems with

run-off and sediment which is

quickly filling in the lake.

With the run-off that’s filling

in the lake only brings in fertilizer.

Fertilizer helps plants grow, including

aqua marine plant life like

the plant that growing in abundance

and suffocating the lake.

Most of the island is on septic

tanks and wells since the lake

water is not viable for drinking.

Because of the large amount of

run-off and the septic tanks that

could possible leak, it was better

to go with ground water residents

were already pulling from.

The same ground water that

has kept the Mississauga’s First

Nations on a drinking water advisory

since 2008.

The water itself is currently

safe to drink, it’s the fear that the

water will become contaminated

that it’s been put in place.

“One of the first things we did,

Photograph by Cassidy McMullen

one of the first projects I took on

was a feasibility study,” Versammy

says. “Basically, we identify where

we are, we characterise the water,

we characterise the quality of the

water, and we come up with a plan

on how to do that.”

The process took six to seven

months to complete as they got

INAC and Health Canada for reviews

and feedback.

“The recommendation, obviously

was to design and construct

a community water treatment

plant and build it and put

a distribution system… to service

the community,” Versammy says.

“It’s easier said than done.”

By the end of the project, the

goal is to not only have a water

treatment plant up and running,

but to hook residents up to the

waste management system that

the Great Blue Heron Casino is


Right now, they’re in the process

of designing the facility and

by the end of January they want to

hand off to INAC for review.

In the spring of 2018, they are

expecting to be able to start construction.

“Our plant, likely, most likely,

will come on probably January,

February of 2019.” Versammy


That will be one of the 81

long-term water advisories on reserves

taken off the list.

Justin Trudeau made a commitment

to eliminate drinking

water advisories in March of 2021

in 2015 and has so far taken 24 off

the list.

That number is expected to be

68 by the end of the year.

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Ajax: A city of history

The land where we stand is the

traditional territory of the Mississaugas

of Scugog Island First Nation.

Uncovering the hidden stories about

the land our community is built on is

what the Chronicle's new feature series,

the Land Where We Stand, is about.

Kayano Waite

The Chronicle

Lincoln Estridge has lived in North

Ajax all his life. While attending

Pickering High School, he was recommended

by Ajax’s Community

Recreation Supervisor Ashley

McWhirther to apply for the first

Black Excellence Scholarship.

While applying for the first Black

Excellence Scholarship, which he

won, he found himself questioned

about his varying interests and

what he expected of his future.

While being active in sports as a

youth, he was also dedicated with

his studies.

“I wanted to show that I was academically

inclined as well,” he said.

Estridge currently goes to the

University of Ontario. He is studying

to be a mechanical engineer,

currently one of the highest in demand

jobs in Canada.

Estridge, whose parents came to

Canada from Jamaica and Saint

Kitts in the early 1980s, is one of

many visible minorities, including

first-generation Canadians and recent

immigrants, who are part of

the changing face of the Durham

community and Canada at large.

According to Stats Canada 2016

census, more than one in five Canadians

are from other countries.

In Ajax, compared to other areas

in Durham Region, there is a rise

in population growth and diversity.

The number of visible minorities

in Ajax, many of them new citizens,

has steadily grown over the years.

As more people emigrate to Canada,

smaller communities will grow

to reflect the face of the country.

This is already happening here

in Durham.

One of the areas in Ajax that reflects

this is Imagination, a housing

community in North Ajax, near

Audley Road.

While Ajax has grown recently

in population, it has always been an

area which has seen newcomers to

Canada come to.

According to Snapshots of Ajax:

A Pictorial History, the first settler

of the area, originally known

as Brown’s Corner, was Alexander

Dunlop of Scotland in 1835.

Known then as a gathering area

for entertainment, it eventually became

an enclosed community with

many residents’ descendants still

living in the area.

According to A Town Called

Ajax, most of these newcomers

were from European countries such

as Ireland, England, and Scotland,

like Dunlop.

Similar to those times, the community

is made up of many families,

with several houses still in


According to Statistics Canada,

the majority of these new residents

in Ajax immigrated from Asian,

South American, and West Indian

countries.According to the Town of

Ajax website, 46 per cent of citizens

identify as a visible minority.

Several of these minorities are

in fact new Canadians, looking

for jobs in their field and learning

about their new community.

One of several places that helps

to find jobs for newcomers in Ajax

is the Welcome Centre Immigration


The Centre acts as a hub for

those new to Canada since 2013.

The welcome Centre offers free

job workshops, English language

assessments, and a mentorship


Hermia Corbette is the Manager

of the Welcome Centre Immigration

Services in Ajax.

Corbette said the Welcome Centre

work alongside the Local Diversity

& Immigration Partnership

Council (LDIPC) to find what is

most needed.

According to the Durham Immigration

website, in 2005. The

Canadian Ontario Immigration

Agreement was put into place.

This meant the federal and local

government were made to help immigrants

integrate into their new


The LDICP, composed of business

groups, school boards and

other sectors, work with local employers

to keep workplaces diverse.

“They work to make it a place of

promise for people to want to live

in,” Corbette said.

Robert Gruber, the Community

and Cultural Development Manager

for the town of Ajax,

says that together with the

Welcome Centre, the town hosts

bi-annual newcomers bus tours.

“We take them to community centres,

some of our libraries, the get

to meet the mayor or a member of

council.” he said.

Ajax is dedicated not only to the

immediate integration, but to long

term engagement and acceptance

of newcomers.

The Town of Ajax is currently in

Phase 2 of its Diversity and Community

Engagement Plan, which is

divided into four segments:

The Town as an Employer, Programs

& Services, Community &

Civic Engagement, and Youth Engagement.

Last year, Ajax launched the

#AjaxforAll initiative an educational,

focusing on issues such as

stereotyping and xenophobia.

Similar to Toronto’s #TorontoforAll,

#AjaxforAll will display

posters throughout the town with

eight local “ambassadors”.

Left: An Irish immigrant family. Many families immigrated to Ajax from Ireland in the 1800's.

Right: Robert Gruber, the community and cultural development manager for the town of Ajax.

Lincoln Estridge, north Ajax resident.

Photograph by Kayano Waite

Photograph by Kayano Waite

Estridge was nominated to be a

part of the initiative and says he has

found it to be a great success so far.

“I feel that the diversity in Ajax

is so powerful now,” Estridge said.

“[People] tend to automatically

put people in boxes, it’s been great

to see people break out of those


According to Global News, the

federal government if planning one

increasing the number of new immigrants

in Canada starting this

year. The number is set to start at

310, 000 this until reaches 340, 000

in 2020.

This will be the largest number

of new citizens allowed into the

country since 1913.

Gruber says the increased immigration

is important for the country.

“You need to be able to have

immigrants coming in and have

them be part of the economy,” he

said. “It’s a smart move to really

have a robust and good immigration

policy to get people to come.”

Estridge also agrees. “I think if

we accept these people and accept

their cultures, I think we could increase

our overall knowledge.”

This would benefit Canadians

as a whole. And with new citizens

coming in, this helps to balance

out the aging demographic we

have now.

With the average life expectancy

growing longer, we now have more

senior citizens to take care of and

according to Stats Can, nearly 17

per cent of our citizens are 65 years

or older.

There are also fewer children being

born to bridge the gap. Compared

to generations past when

families would be larger, women

are now averaging 1.6 children

during their lifetime.

The land of Ajax is changing and

the face that represent it are as well.

Estridge has been selected

for the second year for the

#AjaxforAll initiative. And while

plans are still being made, Estridge

says that it will focus on youth

and how they will bring change to

the community.

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Photograph courtesy of Oshawa.ca/Photo illustration by Cameron Black-Araujo

Here is how the Civic Auditorium looked in the 1970s (left) and how it looks today, now called the Civic Recreation Centre..

Built for the people by the people

The land where we stand is the traditional territory

of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

Uncovering the hidden stories about the land our

community is built on is what the Chronicle's new

feature series, the Land Where We Stand, is about

Cameron Black-Araujo

The Chronicle

The city of Oshawa began building the Oshawa

Civic Auditorium in February 1964. It

was completed just ten months later in December

1964. If Hambly Arena, also known

as the Oshawa Arena, had never burned

down in 1953,

The Civic Auditorium would have never have

been built and the Generals would have never

played one game there.

Hambly arena burned down one week before

the hockey season was to begin. Lost in

the fire was the equipment of the Oshawa

Generals as well as other local hockey teams

according to the Oshawa Express.

The Oshawa Daily Times says the total

loss in the fire came out to around $500,000.

With no equipment or arena and not much

more money coming in, other than donations,

the team could no longer continue and players

were forced to find a new team.

Just nine years later the Oshawa Civic

Auditorium was resurrected and the Generals

returned to Oshawa.

But the Auditorium and complex turned

out to be so much more than the community

could have ever asked for. “Built for the

people, by the people,” was the slogan that

went along with the facility after it was built

because it was paid for by volunteer fundraising,

including going door-to-door as well

payroll deductions from General Motors employees.

The community raised $1.25 million towards

the building according to The Civic.

While the arena was the main attraction,

the facility also offered swimming, a games

room, a fitness centre, a football field and

could host circuses, dinners or shows.

The Generals were very well what brought

the biggest crowd to the Oshawa Civic Auditorium.

Jill Passmore, who grew up across the

street from The Civic, would go to games with

her family like so many others in Oshawa.

Memories of these games go well beyond

the players just passing a puck around the ice.

“There was always the 50/50 draw at the


One time my Dad won and I remember

him taking home a brown lunch bag of

change,” says Passmore.

Passmore also remembers going for public

skates on the ice surface in the auditorium

but her favourite times on the ice were for the

“Skate with the Generals.”

While Passmore grew up just across the

street from the building, the mayor of Oshawa,

John Henry, says he’s been around it all

his life as well.

“When I was a kid at The Civic, I don’t

think I was older than ten when I went to

watch the Buffalo Sabres play the California

Golden Seals in an exhibition game at The

Civic,” explains mayor Henry.

While the Generals were the main hockey

team in town, the NHL’s California Golden

Wishing my kids end up having memories of

a place like this to look back on.

Seals took advantage of the Oshawa Civic

Auditorium in the 70s for training camps

and as the mayor had the privilege to watch,

preseason NHL hockey as well.

The connection between the Oshawa Civic

Auditorium and the Oshawa Generals peaked

in the 1990’s as the Gens made it to the finals

three times, brought home the Memorial Cup

in 1990 and only had one losing season.

They closed out their time at the Auditorium

with only three winning seasons in the

final seven and only a dismal 33 wins (136

games played) in their final two seasons in

the building.

While Passmore has attended many Generals

games, this one was a little different for

her. It’s the 1993 season and while Passmore

has attended many games before, none without

her parents.

The puck drop is coming up at 7:30 at the

Civic Auditorium as the Generals host the

Peterborough Petes.

Passmore and her friends scramble to their

seats in “their” section, where they typically

sit, and are on the lookout for a friend’s cousin

playing with the Petes.

While the girls giggle and enjoy their first

night out at The Civic alone, the furthest

thing from her mind was what the facility

might look when she has kids.

She may not have the ability to bring her

kids to Generals games at the Civic Auditorium

but Passmore is proud to bring her kids

to such a beautiful, community driven facility

that she was so blessed to grow up with in her

very own backyard.

“I could go on forever, but I’ll finish by

wishing that my kids end up having memories

of a place like this to look back on as

I do when I think about The Civic,” says


Whether it’s 1990 or 2018, or whether it’s

called the Civic Recreation Centre, The

Civic is still serving its purpose over 60 years


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gets its own

Music Week

A celebration of Oshawa’s music

culture is on the way as the Music

Business Management program of

Durham College is preparing for

Oshawa Music Week, a week-long

music festival debuting April 5 and

running until April 12.

The events will take place over

a variety of venues including The

Moustache Club, and both Durham

College and UOIT’s Oshawa


“Oshawa has a rich music culture,”

said MBM program professor

Tony Sutherland. “Hence our

new brand: Oshawa Music Week,

with the focus on Oshawa and its

music scene.”

Oshawa Music Week has been

a staple in the community in one

form or another, most recently

known as Oshawa’s Reel Music

Festival, for the past 18 years.

Through the years it has been run

and organized by the MBM program.

This year the MBM program

made the choice to change

the name and rebrand itself.

“It’s definitely a good move on

our part,” said Jennifer Archibald,

a second year MBM student and

director of marketing and advertising

for Oshawa Music Week.

“We chose to go with Oshawa

Music Week in order to really represent

the community.”

Archibald said it used to be

called the Reel Music Festival because

the event had a film component.

She said the new brand more

properly represents the community,

better reflecting the goal of

the event as it showcases local


New to this year’s music festival

is the OMW Award Show. The

award show covers five categories

to be given to local artists, industry

personnel, and businesses in the

region. While the nomination period

is now over, the voting process

started March 9 and the public still

has time to vote for their favourite

local artists.

Archibald said the event provides

a unique opportunity for local

musicians to attend and benefit

from the show, as there will be industry

professionals at the panels

and conferences who will be able

to provide advice, criticism, and


“If you’re a musician, if you’re

an artist of any kind, you can

come and learn about opportunities

that are available to you in

the community,” said Archibald.

“For example, skill development or

funding, or they can just come by

and watch the show.”

Oshawa Music Week’s first

event, World Music Festival, will

run Thursday, April 5 on Durham

College’s Oshawa campus.

Performers are yet to be announced

but World Music Festival

is free for the public to attend, Archibald


Love, Simon familiar story, but bucking movie trend



Movies with queer stories tend to

be released in a limited number

of theatres. Many also tend to be

pitched as strong Oscar contenders

(Carol, Moonlight, Call Me by

Your Name). The idea that stories

with LGBT characters will attract

only niche audiences prevents

many major studios from releasing


Love, Simon is one of a few

major studio releases to buck this


Adapted from the 2015 youth

novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens

Agenda, the movie gives queer

youth a story they’ve probably already

seen, but with them as the

focus. Not as the sidekick.

Simon Spier (played by Nick

Robinson) describes himself as the

average teenager. With a nuclear

family living in the suburbs and

lifelong friends, nothing about

Simon separates him much from

others – except that he’s gay.

Simon finds out about Blue, an

anonymous closeted gay student at

his school through social media.

Simon reaches out to Blue to connect

with one of the few other gay

students at his school.

Simon’s interactions with Blue

lead him to be on high alert at

school, using any clue from their

conversations to figure out who he


Simon’s interaction with Blue

helps him to express his frustrations

with being closeted.

“Why is it that gay people are

the only ones that have to come

out?” Simon asks Blue one night.

While Blue admits he’s not

ready to come out, Simon pictures

himself free to be out after his life

in high school.

In his dream scenario, he lives

in New York with a Pride-coloured

dorm room doing stylized choreography

to Whitney Houston.

“Okay fine, maybe not this

gay,” Simon eventually says before

walking off-screen.

Simon is eventually found out

Source from Fox 2000 Pictures

Simon Spier, played by Nick Robinson, where high school students are staring curiously from

behind him.

by his classmate Martin (played by

Logan Miller). Martin blackmails

Simon into setting him up with

Simon’s friend Abby (played by Alexandra

Shipp). This leads Simon

to gaslight his friends to appease

his classmate.

Despite knowing his two friends

Abby and Nick (played by Jorge

Lendeborg Jr.) have feelings for

each other, he misleads both of

them to appease Martin.

Photograph by Tiago de Oliveira

Jennifer Archibald, a student in Durham College's Music Business Management program and

director of marketing and advertising for Oshawa Music Week.

Like many movies based on

hiding a major secret, Simon is

eventually outed and abandoned

by the third act.

Not because of who he is, but

because of his actions.The film is

ultimately nothing if not a crowd

pleaser, and Simon’s parents

(played by Jennifer Garner and

Josh Duhamel) show that.

With many stories about LG-

BTQ teens facing rejection from

their family and friends, Simon’s

parents are simply surprised, but

not bitter. They seem to be more

upset that he wouldn’t reach out to

them as opposed to him being gay.

“When you were younger you

were so carefree,” Simon’s mom

says. “But for the past few years, it

seems you closed in on yourself.”

“You deserve everything you

want,” she says, a sentiment his father

later shares in a similar scene

soon after.

Love, Simon’s tagline is “everyone

deserves a great love story.”

This is not quite that. '

Aside from its queer narrative,

it’s just like any other teen dramedy

in structure and appeal, past

and present. But that may be the

point; if the basic queer love story

can be successful, maybe more

complex stories will be greenlit by

Hollywood in the future. Love, Simon

was released across Canada

on March 16, 2018.

24 The Chronicle March 20 - 26, 2018 chronicle.durhamcollege.ca Entertainment

Diving into the Dragons' Den

Conner McTague

The Chronicle

Canadians with entrepreneurial aspirations

may have a goal of landing a deal with the

dragons from CBC's Dragons’ Den to kickstart

their business ideas.

Durham Region residents had their opportunity

to audition for the show and pitch

their products when producers of the program

came to Durham College Feb. 28.

Entering its 13th season in late September,

the show and the Dragons, continue to

look for the next big Canadian product and

entrepreneur to hit the market.

Around 40 people showed up with their

products and pitched them to the producers.

Stephanie Quilligan, one of the producers

of the show, says "the number one thing

we're looking for is passion. If you're not passionate

about your business then why would

a dragon or anybody be interested in investing?"

She says producers want to see new and

innovative products as well, while also keeping

in mind it's a show for entertainment, so

the entrepreneur needs to have character

and come across well on television.

The audition process moves quickly, as

Quilligan says they travel to more than 30

Canadian cities in six weeks to find entrepreneurs

to pitch their ideas to the dragons.

There are about four participants per episode,

in past seasons there have been around

20 episodes per, so there are around 80 participants

per season.

Participants are reached by phone or

email if they make the final cut.

Jeremy Hannan, of Whitby, was one of

the many entrepreneurs who showed up to

pitch a product.

His product is the Cobra mask, a full

face snorkeling mask which he says provides

Photograph by Conner McTague

Jeremy Hannan, a Whitby entrepreneur who auditioned for his snorkeling gear to be pitched to the CBC reality show

Dragons' Den.

more comfort than normal snorkeling gear.

All of which he designs himself.

He retails the masks for about $75 and

they come in 13 different colours.

He has owned his business for about three

years and says it has become the biggest selling

snorkeling mask in Canada, though he

says he does face competition from European

and American companies. He says

his product had around $150,000 in sales in

2017, with the expectation of doubling it this


He says he wants a dragon deal to "increase

production and quality of the masks",

as he can't currently mass produce the item,

leaving him to retail them in smaller stores.

Hannan says the audition was "more formal

and professional than I expected it to be.

It felt like I was pitching in front of the real

dragons." He also says even if he doesn't get

a deal with the dragons "it's still great exposure

for the product to make it on TV."

Although, if he does earn a spot on the

show at the studio in Toronto and lands a

deal with a Dragon he hopes it's Arlene

Dickinson because "she has the business

sense and the connections."

The Shape of Water deserving of Best Picture



The Shape of Water, directed by

Guillermo del Toro, is a strange

monster-fantasy film that won

four awards at the Oscars, including

Best Picture and Best Director.

The film is another one of del

Toro’s monster movie masterpieces,

following the tale of a young

woman who falls in love with an

amphibious fish-man. The Shape

of Water is arguably one of the

best feature films of 2017.

Elisa Esposito (Sally Hawkins)

is a young woman in Baltimore

during the Cold War, who lives her

entire life as a mute and works as

a janitor in a government laboratory.

One day on the job, a mysterious

water tank is delivered, harbouring

a creature found in South

America. Elisa discovers the tank

contains a large amphibious creature

bearing close resemblance to

man. She and the fish-man fall in

love, she saves him from experimental

torture, and the two defy

the odds of romance by running

away together.

What makes The Shape of

Water so special is the genre itself.

Fantasy films very rarely make it

into the Best Picture category, let

alone win the coveted prize of the


The only other true fantasy

film to win Best Picture was The

Lord of the Rings: The Return of

the King in 2003. Instead, these

films typically fall under Best Production

Design, or Best Costume

Design for their whimsical artistic

vibe and extraordinary makeup

work. However, The Shape of Water

broke through the glass ceiling

as a monster fantasy film, picking

up four of the biggest awards of

the night.

The character of Elisa feels

incomplete throughout the film

because of her disability, but after

falling in love with the amphibious

fish-man, she finds herself feeling

whole once again because neither

of them can speak. Many people

who watched the movie only saw

as far as the first layer of the film;

a girl falls in love with a fish-man

and a weird romantic and sexual

relationship ensues.

Copyright by TSG Entertainment

Octavia Spencer (left) as Zelda Delilah Fuller, the interpreter of the mute Elisa Esposito played

by Sally Hawkins (right) in The Shape of Water.

The Shape of Water is so much

more than that.

The film touches on The American

Dream during the 1960’s

Cold War, with the American and

Russian governments both trying

to best each other with advanced


It’s also one of few films to simultaneously

explore female sexuality,

disabilities, and depict a homosexual

man in the unaccepting

time of 1960. To top it all off, del

Toro is a man of colour who took

home the prize of Best Director

and Best Picture all in one night.

The film keeps up a beautiful

balance between a murky, green

film-noir vibe and that of a gaudy,

cheesy 1950’s musical. This

awarded the film with Best Production


The Shape of Water is a beautifully

artistic film and subtly explores

many deep subthemes of

human nature, including race and


Appearing as a strange monster

romance film on the surface,

it has many deep and complicated

themes underneath.

This makes The Shape of Water

the best choice for Best Picture

at the 90th Academy Awards, and

it deservingly won.

Del Toro’s work did not go unnoticed

this year, and The Shape

of Water is the one of the best

films of 2017.

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Durham enjoys sports success


win three


titles in



Shanelle Somers,

Tracy Wright and

Cameron Black-Araujo

The Chronicle

It was a year of success on all fields

of play for Durham College’s varsity

sports teams.

“We had a tremendous year. It

was an amazing year,” says Ken

Babcock, Durham College athletic


The DC Lords athletic program

is wrapping up a school year which

has seen its teams win three provincial

championships and leave their

mark at the national level.

Babcock says all of the teams at

the college made their respective

playoffs which he says is an exceptional

level of success.

The men’s soccer team made history,

winning its first Ontario Colleges

Athletic Association (OCAA)

gold in 20 years, beating Algonquin


Kevin Thibodeau scored the

winning goal in the 90th minute

of the game.

Scott Dennis, DC sports information

and marketing coordinator,

says “they went into the playoffs

on a hot streak and then rolled

through the OCAA championships

and then qualified for nationals.”

At the Canadian men’s national

championships in Nanaimo, B.C.

the Lords made progress finishing

fifth in the competition, their best

finish since 1999.

The men’s soccer team ended

its season with an overall record

of 12-5-1.

The women’s softball team had

a similar success story after taking

gold at the OCAA championships.

This is their third straight

OCAA title and their 19th since

the OCAA softball championships

started in 1981.

A standout player on the women’s

softball team was Emily Glendinning.

Early in the women’s softball

season she threw a perfect game.

Dennis says she was one of the top

rookies in the league and is a twosport

athlete, also playing basketball

at Durham.

Overall the women’s softball

team ended the season 20-8.

The men’s golf team continued

its tradition at the OCAA championships

making it to the podium.

“Our men’s golf team is made

The Durham Lords men's soccer team won gold at the Provincials this season.

up of young team members that

represented Durham College at

the national level really well,” says


Durham College also proudly

hosted the Canadian championships

at the Royal Ashburn Golf

Club in Whitby, Ont. where then

men’s team placed sixth.

“It’s an exceptional year for athletics

this year,” says Babcock.

Meantime, the women’s indoor

soccer team have qualified for the

provincial championships. Dennis

says “women’s soccer continues to

make strides forward.”

Advancing to the provincial

championships with one win, one

loss, and one tied game, the DC

Lords hope to capture gold.

They will be traveling to Redeemer

University to compete in

the OCAA championship March


The men’s and women’s basketball

teams successfully made it to

compete on the provincial level but

in the end did not win a medal. But,

the team is made up of strong players

and some team members from

both men’s and women’s teams

were named OCAA championship


Brandon Halliburton and Funsho

Dimeji were OCAA’s first team

player all-stars for the second year

in a row.

Maddie Dender and Dekota

Kirby were OCAA’s second team

player all-stars and rookie Emily

Glendinning now has a spot on the

OCAA all-rookie team.

Overall the men’s basketball

team finished the season with 15-6

and the women’s basketball team

finished 10-10.

The men’s and women’s volleyball

teams also had a strong season

and competed at the provincial


Unfortunately they did not make

it to the podium but the women’s

volleyball team had a remarkable

season with one of the youngest

lineups in the OCAA.

The men’s volleyball team had

many standout players this season.

For example, in the Lords last game

of the season against the Niagara

Knights, Erik Janssen, was the

top scorer with eight kills and one


Overall the women’s volleyball

team ended the season 12-7. The

men’s volleyball team ended the

season 9-10.

Photograph courtesy of DC Athletics

Photograph courtesy of DC Athletics

The women's softball team took gold at the OCAA championships, its third straight.

The DC Lords hope to continue

building strong teams for the 2018-

19 athletic season.

The recruiting process is currently

in its peak. The Lords will

receive confirmations and signed

scholarship letters of intent from

prospective athletes by June 1.

“We’ve had significant success

in all of our programs and

we are quite proud of that,” says


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